Derrick Rose rape trial starts today on Knicks preseason start


LOS ANGELES — NBA star Derrick Rose is due in a Los Angeles courtroom to fight a $21 million lawsuit by a former girlfriend who accuses him and two friends of gang raping her three years ago when she was incapacitated.

The start of jury selection in the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court conflicts with the Knicks preseason opener in Houston and it’s not clear which Rose will attend.

Lawyers for the player have said he probably won’t appear in court for jury selection, though he’s expected later.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says Rose and two friends had sex with her without her consent in 2013 after she passed out following a night of drinking.

Rose and his friends deny the allegations and say the woman invited them into her apartment and willingly had sex.

Rose had dated the woman during the previous two years.