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The civil rape trial of NBA star Derrick Rose opened Wednesday with jurors hearing two starkly different versions of events during an encounter in which the New York Knicks player and two friends are accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Derrick Rose addresses the media during the New York Knicks Media Day at the Ritz Carlton on Sept. 26, 2016 in White Plains, New York. (Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Derrick Rose addresses the media during the New York Knicks Media Day at the Ritz Carlton on Sept. 26, 2016 in White Plains, New York. (Credit: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Waukeen McCoy, an attorney for the 30-year-old accuser, presented her to the jury as the victim of a brutal sexual assault at the hands of Rose and two of his friends. The three men, McCoy said, carried out a plot to drug the woman and get her drunk, and then take advantage of her when she was unable to resist.

While she was “in and out of consciousness,” McCoy told jurors, “each of the men took turns raping her.”

The unsettling account was countered by a combative defense laid out by attorneys for Rose and co-defendants Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen. Far from being incapacitated and unwilling, the woman, they said, was clear-headed and eagerly invited the men to her apartment in the early morning hours of Aug. 27, 2013.

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