A woman says Pete Rose had sex with her at a Cincinnati home before she was 16 years old, while she was a high school student and he was a Major League Baseball star.The accusation of underage sex came out publicly Monday in Rose’s civil defamation lawsuit against John Dowd, the investigator who built baseball’s betting case against him.Rose’s attorney, Ray Genco, said Dowd is “after-the-fact grasping at straws.” He called Monday’s filing “an absolute distraction.””It tips me off that Dowd can’t defend himself,” Genco said.Dowd, whose Dowd Report led to Rose’s banishment from baseball in 1989, claimed Michael Bertolini, who booked Rose’s bets and sold Rose memorabilia, told baseball investigators that year Rose had committed “statutory rape” with girls as young as 12 during spring training. They con’t call him Charlie Hustle for nothing. No Hall of Fame for sure now.-TO
According to the motion, filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania:
In a sworn statement, a woman identified only as Jane Doe said she got a call from Rose in 1973, when she was 14 or 15 years old. She began meeting with Rose shortly after that, at his home in Cincinnati. There, before she was 16, she said they began a sexual relationship.
Doe also said they met at locations outside Ohio, where they also had sex.
Rose admitted they knew each other and had sex, but said Doe was 16 years old at the time and denied they had sex outside Ohio. He said the sexual relationship began in 1975, the year he turned 34 years old. Rose would have been married for 11 years at that point, with two children.