The woman who accused Derrick Rose and two of his friends of raping her in 2013 while she was passed out following a night of drinking has spoken for the first time. During an interview with the Associated Press, the woman—a 30-year-old college student who has only been identified as "Jane Doe" in court documents—maintained her anonymity while talking about the night in question and the $21.5 million lawsuit she filed against Rose. She is set to take her case against Rose to trial on Oct. 4.
While speaking with the AP, the woman revealed that she has not told anyone in her family about her relationship with Rose or the alleged rape. She said that her parents, who are Mexican immigrants, "have a sense something’s wrong," but she said she hasn’t told them about what she’s going through right now. "There’s no way I can express to them or explain to them how I feel or what I’m going through," she said. "Having to think of alternative ways to communicate that pain is very stressful and it takes a lot out of you."
Elsewhere in the interview, she claimed that she did not consent to having sex with Rose or his two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, on August 27, 2013. According to her, she drank vodka, wine, and tequila at a home Rose was renting in Los Angeles at the time before returning to her home nearby, where she vomited and then blacked out. At that point, she said Rose and his friends forced their way into her home and had sex with her without her legal consent. She told the AP what she remembers about the morning after the alleged rape.
"As soon as I woke up, I was dressed," she said. "I had my dress on from the previous night and I never go to sleep with what I’m wearing. I always prepare myself first to go to sleep. So I had the dress and it was up on my neck and I felt very wet and slippery. There was lubricant all over my bed and on my legs. Everything was tossed in my bed. There was a condom wrapper and a closed one not used. That was just shocking to see all that, almost like I didn’t want to believe it."
Lawyers for Rose have denied the allegations made by the woman—they called the woman's case "pure and simple extortion" in a court filing—and they are currently fighting to try and get a judge to make the woman's name public. Rose’s attorney Mark Baute also released a statement to the AP in response to the woman’s interview. "The salacious allegations of a woman who is now on a media tour—who also claims to not remember much from that night—do not change what transpired that evening," the statement said, "which was consensual intercourse between Mr. Rose and the plaintiff."
The woman told the AP why she decided to speak to the media now, less than three weeks before the start of the trial. “I want to share my story so women can know that they are able to come forward and remain anonymous and not have to have the burden or the worry that their loved ones will find out,” she said.
You can read the woman's entire AP interview here.