An unidentified woman claims that she and Pete Rose had a sexual relationship for multiple years that started before she was 16-years old.
The sworn statement provided by the woman was contained a motion that was filed in federal court Monday in a defamation lawsuit filed by Rose against John Dowd, the same man who helped get the baseball legend banned from the game.
In the statement, the woman claims that she met Rose in 1973 “when she was 14 or 15-years old.” She said that she received a phone call from Rose, who was still playing for the Cincinnati Reds at that point.
The woman claims that her and Rose “began meeting at a house in Cincinnati” but continued in multiple states. In Ohio, the age of legal consent is 16, so the allegations amount to statutory rape.
“It was at that house where, before my 16th birthday, Pete Rose began a sexual relationship with me,” the woman said in the statement, which was provided in February 2017.
Read the full statement in the document below:
In court documents, Rose acknowledged that he had a relationship with the woman, but he said that it started in 1975 when the woman was 16. At that time, Rose was 34-years old, married and the father of two children. He claimed he was unaware how long the relationship lasted.
The defamation lawsuit was filed by Rose in federal court after Dowd accused Rose of committing statutory rape on a Philadelphia sports talk radio show. Dowd said that one of Rose’s associates told him the news and “had no doubt that it was true.”
Rose played baseball for the Reds from 1963-1978 and then with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1979-1983, returning to the Reds in 1984. He was a player manager from 1984-1986 and manager from 1987-1989.
In 1989, Major League Baseball asked Dowd, who was an attorney in Washington D.C. at the time, to investigate reports that Rose bet on baseball games while playing and managing for the Reds.
Dowd’s report concluded that Rose did indeed bet on baseball games. Rose was subsequently banned from the MLB after the report was released.
Read more details from the defamation lawsuit in the federal documents below: