Judge Rules Derrick Rose Accuser Must Reveal Her Identity
Last week, we reported that the woman who accused Derrick Rose of rape back in 2013, spoke to the Associated Press. She explained in great detail about what she remembers of the night from Rose and two of his friends, waking up the next morning disheveled, and most importantly, why she didn’t want to reveal her identity. Jane Doe said her conservative, Mexican family would be devastated by the news. She also said they have traditional, cultural expectations of her.
But it seems that her plan to shield them may be crashing down around her. According to TMZ, a judge ruled that Jane Doe can no longer use that pseudonym and must reveal her identity. Typically, the law allows sexual assault victims to file their cases anonymously to protect their privacy. But Rose filed documents saying Doe has abused the privilege by participating in what he calls a “nationwide pretrial media blitz” over the past week. He said Doe was interviewed over the phone and held a news conference.
Apparently Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald agrees, to some extent. Jane Doe will have to reveal her real name when the case goes to trial.
Veronica Wells Is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”