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Derrick Rose confident he will prevail in gang rape case brought by ex girlfriend

FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, Derrick Rose speaks during a news conference for the New York Knicks to announce they acquired him from the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden in New York. A Los Angeles federal judge ruled Tuesday, Sept. 20, that a woman accusing NBA star Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous at her upcoming civil trial. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, Derrick Rose speaks during a news conference for the New York Knicks to announce they acquired him from the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden in New York. A Los Angeles federal judge ruled Tuesday, Sept. 20, that a woman accusing NBA star Rose of rape cannot remain anonymous at her upcoming civil trial. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Derrick Rose's rape trial is got underway in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, as the NBA star was halfway across the country.

He said he plans win the lawsuit.

Rose told reporters in Houston before the Knicks exhibition opener that he didn't settle the case seeking $21 million because he thinks he didn't do anything wrong and he looks forward to telling his side of the story.

"That's one of the reasons why I wanted to take it to court because I didn't want to settle," Rose said. "I don't feel like I did anything wrong. If I go up there and just tell my side of the story, I think I'll be alright."

The plaintiff, a daughter of Mexican immigrants who dated Rose on and off for two years, claims he and two friends got into her apartment and had sex with her while she was intoxicated in August 2013. Los Angeles police are still investigating.

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She was identified in court for the first time Tuesday and introduced to jurors by name. The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault.

Rose and friends Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen denied the allegations and said the sex was consensual.

A lawyer for the ex-girlfriend said Rose had violated the gag order his own lawyer had sought to silence the parties out of the courtroom.

"It's unfair to the plaintiff," attorney Waukeen McCoy complained.

A federal judge said he wouldn't make any decision without knowing what was said and hearing from Rose's lawyer.

Jury selection resumes Wednesday without a single juror selected. A pool of 50 candidates was asked what they know about the case, what basketball team they root for and whether they can set aside their own sexual moral beliefs and biases.

Rose, who is returning to the sport with a new team after several injuries, is expected to appear Thursday in court. His two friends and their accuser sat through jury selection on opposite sides of the courtroom.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald gave prospective jurors an outline of the case, warning that they would hear testimony involving sex acts, vulgarity and profanity.

"Sex is essentially at the heart of what has been alleged and denied," Fitzgerald said.

The trial threatens to overshadow Rose's attempts to bounce back from injuries that sidelined him the past few seasons and expose details of his sex life, including text messages discussing his desire to have group sex.

The woman has said she rebuffed those offers and never consented to sex with the trio. She claimed she was drugged, though Rose's lawyers said there's no evidence of any drugs.

Lawyers for the three complained about the racial and ethnic makeup of the prospective jurors, noting only two were African-American like the defendants. They noted that 15 of the first 27 jurors had Hispanic surnames, as does their accuser.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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