NBA: Rape case against Knicks star Derrick Rose dismissed

The rape case against basketball player Derrick Rose was dropped by a Los Angeles jury, on Oct 20, 2016.
The rape case against basketball player Derrick Rose was dropped by a Los Angeles jury, on Oct 20, 2016.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Los Angeles (AFP) - A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday dismissed a civil lawsuit brought against Derrick Rose by a woman who claimed she had been gang-raped by the National Basketball Association star.

Jurors deliberated for less than four hours before returning with their verdict and rejecting allegations from the woman, who sought US$21 million (S$29.15 million) in damages.

The woman, 30, had filed her case after claiming that the New York Knicks guard and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, had raped her repeatedly at her apartment after drugging her in 2013.

Rose had denied any accusation of wrongdoing, claiming that the sex which took place was consensual.

The woman, an ex-girlfriend of Rose, did not report the alleged incident to police until last year.

Court documents show that Los Angeles police opened an investigation.

Her lawsuit was filed in August of last year.

Rose, 28, and his co-defendants, embraced their attorneys after the verdict.

Trial Judge Michael Fitzgerald, meanwhile, wished Rose luck for the upcoming season with the Knicks, "except when you play the Lakers".

Rose, a former NBA Most Valuable Player with the Chicago Bulls, was traded to the Knicks this season after spending seven seasons with his hometown club.