Jury clears NBA’s Derrick Rose in rape lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) –Jurors have cleared NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.

Neither side denied the three men had sex with the woman in August 2013, but the issue was whether she consented or was too intoxicated to do so.

Defense lawyers tarred the woman as a liar who tried to sway jurors through her tears to get at Rose’s fortune. They claimed she was angry he had dumped her and set him up so she could bring the lawsuit in hopes of a big payoff.

The woman’s lawyer called the men “sexual deviants” and said they conspired to gang-rape her after she was drunk and incapable of consenting to sex.

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