Former NBA sensation Josh Jackson faces a disturbing lawsuit accusing him of rape and threats against a woman in a New York City hotel last year. The plaintiff, known as Jane Doe in court documents, alleges that Jackson, 26, sexually assaulted her without her consent after a Super Bowl afterparty in February 2022. People magazine obtained the court papers revealing Jackson’s denial of the allegations.
The court filings, from June 12, claim that the former Phoenix Suns power forward exploited his fame to gain access to the woman and engage in non-consensual sexual acts. The incident occurred after the defendant attended a party hosted by members of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team, hoping to meet Andre Drummond, whom she had a romantic interest in and who had invited her to the event.
According to the complaint, Jackson sent the woman texts inviting her to his hotel and offered her $1,500 to join him. She arrived at the New York Edition hotel around 3:15 a.m., where a shirtless Jackson greeted her after sending an Uber to collect her from her apartment.
In an attempt to impress her, the woman claims Jackson showcased his bank account, boasting about having “$12 million.” She made it clear that she was not interested in money or sex, believing that the party was still ongoing at the hotel and other attendees would be present.
The defendant alleges that she fell asleep in the hotel room and woke up to a horrifying scene. Jackson allegedly forcefully removed her clothes, climbed on top of her, exposed himself, and sexually assaulted her. The court documents detail how he overpowered her, held down her hands, and committed the act while she cried. The traumatic experience caused her to faint.
After leaving the hotel room, the woman received threatening texts from Jackson’s friends accusing her of stealing his watch, which she denied. One person even warned her that Jackson had the financial means to hire thugs to come after her.
Later that day, two women, described as acquaintances of Jackson who had seen the defendant at the party, broke into her apartment. They claimed Jackson had sent them to retrieve the alleged stolen watch, threatened her, and forcibly took her phone and handbag. However, she refused to let go of her belongings. As they exited the building, the doorman intervened, apprehending the two women. The New York Police Department was called, and the attackers were arrested. It was at this point that the defendant reported the rape.
The initial filing asserts that the defendant could not and did not consent to the acts, alleging that any apparent consent was obtained through deceit, coercion, and duress, rendering it invalid.