LOS ANGELES (CNS) — New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose is seeking to recoup $70,000 in court costs from the woman who lost a sexual assault lawsuit against him and two friends in Los Angeles, according to court papers obtained on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Rose and his co-defendants were cleared of liability last month after a two-week jury trial in federal court.
The woman who filed the $21.5 million suit — a 30-year-old ex- girlfriend of Rose — claimed the athlete and his friends broke into her apartment near downtown Los Angeles and raped her while she was incapacitated three years ago.
The mostly female jury deliberated for about three hours before reaching its unanimous verdict, exonerating the former Chicago Bulls guard and longtime friends Ryan Allen and Randy Hampton.
The request for miscellaneous court costs and fees, filed in Los Angeles federal court, stated that the defendants are “entitled to the tiny fraction of the actual expenses they necessarily incurred in defending themselves against Plaintiff’s false claims against them.”
Lawyers for the woman have asked the judge to reconsider the $70,000 award on the basis that the accuser has “limited resources.” Her attorneys have indicated they will pursue an appeal.
City News Service generally doesn’t name alleged victims of sexual assaults and is withholding the woman’s identity.