Jury Clears Derrick Rose, 2 Friends in Civil Rape Trial

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. 

The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter. 

Rose said he was thankful the jury "understood and agreed with me."

The woman's lawyer, however, said he was "kind of devastated."

"I think that it's hard to believe the jury came back with this conclusion, that there was no sexual battery here and no trespass," said Waukeen McCoy. "I think the evidence was overwhelming, the jury believed a story concocted by the defense."

Neither side denied the three men had sex with the woman, 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 she set him up and brought the lawsuit in hopes of a big payoff.

The woman's lawyer called the men "sexual deviants" and says they conspired to gang rape her after she was drunk and incapable of consenting to sex.

"I think it's a shame for America... women who stand up for their rights," he said. "I think the law should be changed so that if someone is highly intoxicated and inebriated that consent is vitiated."

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