Derrick Rose’s Accuser Testifies During an Emotional Day in Court


Derrick Rose entering court for a civil suit filed by an ex-girlfriend who said that she was sexually assaulted by him and two others.

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LOS ANGELES — The woman who has accused Derrick Rose and two of his friends of rape spent several hours on the witness stand Thursday, appearing soft-spoken and jittery as she gave her first testimony in the civil trial.

The woman, Rose’s former girlfriend, offered few details about the encounter with the men, saying she had a foggy memory of the evening because of alcohol intoxication. Most questions posed to her by both parties’ lawyers centered on her relationship with Rose, the circumstances that led up to the episode and her reasons for waiting two years to sue.

In her lawsuit, the woman, 30, is asking for a minimum of $21 million.

Rose, the 28-year-old Knicks player, whose presence was not required by the judge for the start of the trial on Tuesday, made his first appearance about an hour into the woman’s testimony. After he arrived, her reserved demeanor gradually gave way to nerves…

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