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Derrick Rose sued for alleged rape

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Late Wednesday night there was a TMZ report that Derrick Rose was named (along with two of his associates) in a lawsuit accusing him of rape and other grisly and heinous acts. The plaintiff is anonymous, and alleges that she and Rose had a relationship between 2011 and 2013, with the rape occurring in August of 2013.

The lawsuit's been confirmed to exist (hey, it was TMZ, you never know) and filed in Los Angeles County (via).

A spokesperson for Rose has since issued a denial (via):

The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous.

The Chicago Bulls have issued a 'no-comment' statement.

That this is a lawsuit and not a pending criminal investigation is no indication on the validity of the allegations, though I think it will make a difference in how this will be addressed by the team, the NBA, and media. We'll see if and when more details come out.