A letter filed last week by a Los Angeles Police Department detective confirms cops have “a current and open criminal investigation” into an alleged rape by Knicks point guard Derrick Rose.
Rose is headed to a civil trial, beginning Oct. 4, over allegations he and two friends gang-raped a woman in Los Angeles during the summer of 2013.
The lawsuit seeks $21.5 million. Rose and his lawyers say the men had consensual sex with the woman, a former girlfriend of Rose’s.
The memo, dated last Thursday, is addressed to the alleged victim’s attorney, and may be used to bolster her case.
“When filing the crime report, the victim in this case exercised her right to confidentiality,” wrote the detective from the Special Assault Section.
“Her identity will continue to remain confidential throughout the criminal investigation. … The ability to offer anonymity to victims of sex crimes is an invaluable investigative aid to investigators as well as a great comfort to victims of crimes of such a sensitive nature.”
However, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled last week, at the behest of Rose’s legal team, the woman cannot remain anonymous if she wants to proceed with her civil case. “She’s prepared to go to trial,” the woman’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy.
The Knicks, who open training camp Monday, have been sparing in discussing the allegations against Rose.
“We’re going to let the process work itself out,” Knicks president Phil Jackson said last Friday. “It’s something we can’t control. Derrick has expressed he’s not concerned about it.
He’s aware of it, but it’s not keeping him up at night.”