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08/28/2015 11:29 am ET Updated Dec 29, 2016

Derrick Rose Responds To Ex-Girlfriend's Gang Rape Allegations

These are his first comments since the allegations were made.
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Derrick Rose issued a statement on Thursday night addressing an allegation made by an ex-girlfriend that he and his friends drugged and gang raped her in August 2013.  

In a statement provided to Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, Rose said, "I'm just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season. I'm not going to comment other than to say I know the truth and am confident I will be proven innocent." 

While the Bulls have declined comment, Rose's lawyer Lisa Cohen flatly denied the allegations in a statement released by TMZ on Wednesday night:

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.

  

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