LAPD says there is a criminal rape investigation against Derrick Rose
The Los Angeles Police Department says there is an active criminal rape investigation against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose in addition to the civil case against him scheduled to go to court next week.
In a letter obtained by ThinkProgress.org, the LAPD detective in charge of the case wrote a letter to Rose's unnamed accuser's attorney attempting to clear up any notion that Rose is not under investigation.
Detective Nadine Hernandez said that the accuser maintaining her anonymity “is an invaluable investigative aid to investigators" and added that the LAPD intends to maintain that anonymity throughout the criminal investigation.
Rose has not been criminally charged in the case.
Last week, a Los Angeles judge ruled the accuser cannot remain anonymous once the civil trial starts on Oct. 4. In response to Hernandez's letter, her attorney has requested the judge reconsider the ruling.
The accuser, identified in court records as Jane Doe, sued Rose last year, saying that he and two of his friends raped her in August 2013. The accuser says she was incapacitated after a night of drinking and did not give consent.
Rose has denied those claims and said that the sex was consensual.
Rose will be entering his first season with the Knicks after being traded from the Chicago Bulls in the off-season. He is in the final season of a five-year $94.3 million deal and is scheduled to make $21.3 million in 2016–17.
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