The allegations stem from an encounter when Rose was living temporarily in Los Angeles. Rose and the woman had been in a relationship for two years.
Both sides agree the woman went with a friend to the Beverly Hills house that Rose was renting and consumed several drinks. From there, the stories diverge.
In his opening statement, McCoy said testimony from the You must be registered to view this link woman and others, along with text messages exchanged throughout the night, would show she became incapacitated from excessive drinking and an unknown drug the men slipped into one of her drinks.
Hours later, after the woman had gone home, the men drove to her apartment uninvited and somehow gained entry without her knowing, McCoy said. The woman, drifting You must be registered to view this link in You must be registered to view this link and out of consciousness, was unable to stop the men as each took his turn having sex with her, the lawyer said. The incident left her fearful and suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, McCoy told jurors.
Baute and Michael Monico, the attorney for Hampton and Allen, told jurors there was no evidence to support the woman claims, hammering on the fact that the woman did not seek medical attention after the encounter. Testimony and the exchange of text messages, they said, would reveal that the woman willingly engaged in sex with the three men earlier in the evening and then again at her apartment. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. He is expected to attend the trial Thursday and is likely to be called to testify by McCoy. The woman is expected to testify Thursday as well.
Rose emerged as one of the NBA elite guards after joining the league in 2008. After several seasons playing for the Chicago Bulls, Rose was traded this year to New York amid persistent questions about a string of injuries that have sidelined him for long stretches. A verdict against him could not only cost him millions in damages but would damage his reputation and could put a lucrative sponsorship deal with shoemaker Adidas at risk.
His accuser had to make the choice to surrender her privacy to bring the case against the men. During more than a year of legal wrangling in court filings and hearings, Fitzgerald had granted the woman You must be registered to view this link request to keep her identity concealed from the public, despite protests from Rose attorney. The woman had said she feared harassment and threats from Rose large fan base if her name was made public.
In a ruling last month, however, Fitzgerald ordered that at trial the plaintiff would have to be named in order to maintain the court transparency and ensure a fair trial. Within minutes of arriving in the courtroom Tuesday as the process of selecting a jury got underway, the woman stood with a solemn face while her attorney introduced her by name.
Los Angeles police have confirmed they are continuing to investigate the case for possible criminal charges. The woman first approached police with her allegations last year.