The civil trial against NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends for gang rape is scheduled to begin on October 4.
But that’s not the only legal trouble Rose is facing. In a letter to the alleged victim’s attorney, Brandan Anand, a detective from the LAPD confirmed there is an active criminal investigation against Rose and the two other defendants in the civil trial.
Notably, the detective, Nadine Hernandez, argues that maintaining the victim’s anonymity “is an invaluable investigative aid to investigators.” The department plans to maintain her anonymity “throughout the criminal investigation being handled by the Los Angeles Police Department.”
The media, to this point, has used the absence of a criminal investigation to justify the relatively scant coverage of rape allegations against the former MVP of the NBA.
The letter is particularly significant because the judge presiding over the case recently ruled that the alleged victim will not be able to maintain her anonymity during the trial.
Anand is now asking the judge to reconsider his ruling in light of the LAPD’s letter. In a filing, Anand also notes that soon after the judge’s ruling, the alleged victim’s name began to appear on social media.
Previously, Rose’s attorney Mark Baute had alleged that Anand was lying about an active criminal investigation in order to extort a settlement from Rose. Baute argued that the claim of an active criminal investigation was false and represented a violation of rules of professional conduct for attorneys.
Last week, Knicks President Phil Jackson said the upcoming gang rape trial is not “not keeping [Rose] up at night.” Jackson also said the Knicks were “not concerned” about the allegations.
Derrick Rose participated in media day for the New York Knicks and addressed the news that he was the subject of an active criminal investigation for rape. Here is the transcript from The White Bronco:
Q: There were reports today that there is a criminal investigation about the LAPD. Has anyone spoken to you from the LAPD? And were you aware of it before today?
Rose: Nah. I haven’t talked to anyone and this is my first time hearing about it and once again I am not worried about it, I felt like I didn’t do anything wrong.
Q: Is there a possibility that this doesn’t end up going to trial in your mind … where it doesn’t end up going on 10/4 and you guys ends up settling prior is that an option in your mind?
Rose: All this legal term and all that, this is my first time ever being in the system and learning the system. So trial and all that, I hear about that, they tell me about it when I am in my meetings but my concern is playing well this year. I can’t think about a case I feel like I am innocent in, I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong like I said. I can’t let that distract me from the year I have ahead of me.