Thursday’s roundup: Woman weeps during Rose trial
Los Angeles — A woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends of gang-rape testified Thursday in the trial of her $21.5 million lawsuit against the Knicks player, who appeared in court for the first time.
When Rose entered the courtroom, the woman paused and became emotional while being questioned by her attorney about the events in August 2013.
The woman said she went to Rose’s rented Beverly Hills mansion for drinks, got very drunk, felt like she had been drugged, and does not remember much about the mansion or evening.
She said she drank before going to the mansion, then had 3½ shots of tequila when she got there and felt different.
“I just felt I was less in control, more goofy,” she said.
The witness said she had previously had tequila with Rose and felt like it gave her strength.
“This was the opposite,” she said.
She testified that when she got home to her apartment, she vomited and passed out on her bed. She claims in the lawsuit the three men came to her apartment and raped her.
During a break in testimony, an attorney for the two friends objected to the woman’s amount of crying and asked the judge to order her to not cry.
The judge said he was unaware of courts that have ordered witnesses not to cry.
“I’m not going to order the witness not to cry any more than I’m going to order her not to breathe,” said U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald.
The Associated Press is not naming the woman because it generally does identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.
No criminal charges have been filed against Rose or the other men but Los Angeles police continue to investigate.
Rose, 28, didn’t appear in court during jury selection earlier in the week or when attorneys made opening statements Wednesday to the panel of six women and two men.
During opening statements, the woman wept quietly as her lawyer provided jurors with lurid descriptions. Rose’s defense fired back by portraying the encounter as something from a porn film, not a horror movie.
Jordan to honor Westbrook
Organizers say Michael Jordan will introduce Russell Westbrook when the Thunder star is inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame next month.
Hall of Fame officials announced the presenters for the ceremony Nov. 17.
Jordan, who owns the Hornets, will introduce Westbrook, who signed a three-year extension with the Thunder in August. Westbrook is an ambassador for Jordan Brand.
Westbrook introduced Kevin Durant last year. Durant left for Golden State in the offseason.
The 27-year-old Westbrook piled up 18 triple-doubles last season. The two-time All-Star Game MVP and former scoring champion averaged 23.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.4 assists last season and helped the Thunder reach the Western Conference finals, where it fell in seven games to the Warriors.
Noah still out for Knicks
Joakim Noah said his sore left hamstring is feeling better. He isn’t ruling out making his Knicks debut in Saturday’s exhibition. But he didn’t practice Thursday and is day-to-day.
Noah signed a four-year, $72 million contract in the summer.