Ex-NBA Star Josh Jackson Accused of Raping Woman in NYC Hotel

Ex-NBA Star Josh Jackson Accused of Raping Woman in NYC Hotel

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.

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