The woman accusing New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose of rape will be forced to reveal her name at trial despite her wishes to remain anonymous, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald ruled Tuesday.
The woman, 30, who has only been identified in documents as Jane Doe, broke her media silence last week and said, in part, that remaining anonymous was extremely important to her because she doesn't want her family to find out. Rose’s lawyer has argued his client would be harmed if the woman’s identity isn't revealed.
Also during last week's teleconference, Doe's lawyers revealed that in a deposition Rose was asked to define "consent," which he was unable to do.
Both parties have said they remain in negotiations to reach a settlement before trial, which is set for Oct. 4 in Los Angeles. But the judge's ruling to make the woman's identity public during trial significantly weakens her leverage to achieve an agreement.
The woman claims Rose and two friends drugged and sexually assaulted her in August 2013. Rose has denied all allegations in the complaint and argued in a court filing last September that sex with the woman — who was in a relationship with him at the time — was consensual.
Consent is a primary factor in this case, and was a primary factor for the judge's decision to deny Rose's Motion for Summary to get the case thrown out in June.
The judge claimed there was “a genuine dispute of material fact as to the central issue in this action: whether Plaintiff consented to sexual intercourse with Defendants in early morning of August 27, 2013.”