The LAPD is investigating the gang rape allegations involving New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose and two of his childhood friends.
As you know, last year a woman known by court docs as Jane Doe came forward accusing the athlete of drugging her and later gang raping her at her apartment while she was unconscious back in August of 2013. She is seeking $21.5 million in her civil case.
LAPD detective Nadine Hernandez confirmed the criminal probe in a letter penned to Jane’s attorney to “clarify any misconception” that the police weren’t pursuing the case.
Hernandez also addressed a federal judge’s recent ruling that Doe could no longer use an alias during her October 4 civil trial by saying:
“Her identity will continue to remain confidential throughout the criminal investigation being handled by the Los Angeles Police Department. The ability to offer anonymity to victims of sex crimes is an invaluable investigative aid to investigators as well as a great comfort to victims of crimes of such a sensitive nature.”
During a press conference on Monday, the 27-year-old basketballer said of the criminal investigation:
“My concern is just playing well this year. I can’t think about the case. I feel like I’m innocent and I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong, like I said, and I can’t let that distract me with the year that I have ahead of me. I’m not worried about it, but if I do have to miss time, it’s a part of it. Of course I don’t want to be in this position, but it is what it is and I’m going to let my lawyers and my team handle it.”
You can read all of Hernandez’s letter (below):
We will keep you updated as the case progresses.
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