Derrick Rose testifies in rape trial, says woman was the aggressor

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Derrick Rose took the stand Friday in the $21 million civil rape case against him, and he said on the stand what he has said before — he didn’t do anything wrong.

The day before the alleged victim took the stand and gave graphic, emotional testimony about how Rose and two associates got her so drunk and drugged she could not have consented to sex, and that after she was at his home the three men came to her apartment and raped her. Friday it was Rose’s turn to defend himself. He painted an entirely different picture. Via the New York Daily News.

On the stand for the first time in the civil trial, Rose painted the 30-year-old woman as the aggressor, saying she texted him that she was feeling “horny” before coming over to his Beverly Hills mansion and pouncing on him.

“She came into the room and started to try to grab me, started to try to kiss me, and that’s something I’m not used to,” the 28-year-old NBA star said. “I just don’t like being forced into the issue.”

Rose said the woman, with whom he had previously had a relationship (what the defense described as “friends with benefits), had willingly slept with the other co-defendants.

Much of days trial was focused on text messages from the woman to Rose that day, with the defense trying to argue they showed both coherence and consent. The defense noted the woman had asked Rose to pay for a sex toy she had brought to his rented home in Beverly Hills, plus her ride home.

Rose’s attorneys have asked for a mistrial based on a text from the woman to Rose earlier in the day that had not been previously disclosed to the defense (as is required by law). The lurid text involved the woman questioning why Rose didn’t have sex with a friend of hers. The judge is expected to rule on the mistrial on Tuesday when the trial resumes.

Rose will be back on the stand that day. Rose’s attorney had requested he be excused to play in the Knicks’ game Monday night. It seems unlikely New York’s new point guard will participate in that game.