The rape lawsuit trial of NBA star Derrick Rose is heading to a jury.
A Los Angeles panel is scheduled to begin deliberating Wednesday in a suit that claims Rose and two friends gang-raped his ex-girlfriend in 2013 at her Los Angeles apartment after she passed out from drugs or drink.
Rose’s attorneys call the sex consensual and contend the woman is simply seeking a $21.5 million payday.
In closing arguments Tuesday, Rose’s lawyer argued that the 30-year-old woman was suing for money and for revenge because the New York Knicks point guard ended their relationship.
However, the woman’s lawyer told jurors that she was the victim of a “classic” gang rape.
Last week, the Los Angles police detective handling the investigation of rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose is dead after she was found with a gunshot wound, officials said.
Nadine Hernandez, 44, was found dead in a Whittier, Calif., home the LAPD told the Los Angeles Times. She was assigned to the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section and frequently handled high-profile sex crimes cases.
Police received a call about an attempted suicide around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, and found the woman with a single gunshot wound. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died less than an hour later. Whittier Police say the wound was self-inflicted and that Hernandez’s death was an apparent suicide. No connection between Hernandez’s death and the Rose case has surfaced.