Waukeen McCoy, the unknown woman’s lawyer, said the judge ruled that because, “he wants everybody to have a fair trail, and he didn’t want any inferences drawn [by the jury] from her name not being used.”
As The Juicy Online reported on Monday, the woman filed a lawsuit against Derrick Rose last year and the trail is set to start on Oct. 4.
The judge, Michael W. Fizgerald, ruled that the woman could used a pseudonym, which can be used in sexual assault cases, but that Rose’s attorneys could reveal her name to third-parties during discovery.
The judge ruling on Tuesday wasn’t based on the arguments put forward by Rose’s lawyers. In August, Rose’s legal team made the case that by revealing the plaintiff’s name would allow the media to vet her allegations and that she could still be protected by “appropriate restrictions on the media and public access to the proceedings.”
Last week, the accuser did several anonymous interviews with reporters, which also played into the ruling handed down by the judge.
Rose received a boost to his image on Tuesday, before the hearing, from an full-length press realease posted by the National Basketball Players Association. The posting highlighted Rose’s empowerment of “at-risk youth through his community work.” His role of being a father, and his feelings about his new basketball team the New York Knicks along with leaving Chicago. The article didn’t mention the sexual assault claims made against him.