Woman Says She Had Sex with Pete Rose Before She Turned 16

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 1, 2017

In a statement filed in federal court Monday, a woman claimed the MLB's all-time hits leader had a sexual relationship with her in the 1970s before she was 16 years old, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The path to "Jane Doe's" statutory rape accusation against Pete Rose is a roundabout one: In 2016, Rose sued John Dowd-the lawyer whose late 1980s gambling investigation helped bring down the baseball star-over defamation. And although 16 is the age of consent in OH, it's higher in states such as Florida, where Dowd accused Rose of having sex with underage girls.

The victim, who identified in the motion only as "Jane Doe", says that she and Rose had sex for the time in Cincinnati, prior to her 16th birthday.

At the time, Rose was married with two children.

The report said Rose admitted in court documents made public Monday to having the sexual relationship, under the belief that the female was of the age of consent.

Rose filed a defamation suit against Dowd after Dowd told a radio station in 2015 that Michael Bertolini, Rose's business partner and alleged bookie, told him he used to arranged relationships with underage girls for Rose during spring training.

It was Dowd Dowd, as MLB's special counsel, who decided Rose had bet on baseball when he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, leading to his lifetime ban from the game.

Rose's lawyer Ray Genco said Doe's claims were unverified. The same man that was hired investigate Rose in 1989. Rose filed suit against Dowd previous year in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. District Court. He claimed that he had forgotten how he met the woman and said he was unaware how long their relationship lasted.

Rose said in his complaint that Dowd damaged his reputation and endorsement deals during a July 2015 interview on the Pennsylvania radio station WCHE-AM, in which the lawyer claimed that the disgraced Major League Baseball star raped young girls during spring training. "So that's statutory rape every time you do that", says Dowd. In some states, such as Florida, the legal age of consent is 18.

Rose's attorneys say this is another way Dowd is trying to drag the baseball icon into the mud. He answered "I do not recall" in response to a number of other questions, including how they first met, who introduced them and how often they had sex.

Rose remains on baseball's permanently ineligible list. His most recent appeal for reinstatement was denied by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in 2015.

Dowd now serves on President Donald Trump's legal team advising him during the investigation into possible collusion his inner-circle had with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

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