Judge clears path for Pete Rose lawsuit against sex claims

July 18, 2017 GMT

By Staff

A federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled that Pete Rose can move forward with a defamation lawsuit against John Dowd, a lawyer whose 1989 investigation led to the former Phillies star being banned from Major League Baseball, for comments Dowd made during radio interviews in 2015 about allegations of sexual misconduct by Rose.

Dowd, who is now one of the private attorneys representing President Trump in the investigations of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, said in a July 13, 2015, interview with AM radio station WCHE in West Chester that Michael Bertolini, who was involved with Rose in betting on baseball games, “told us that he not only ran bets but he ran young girls for him down at spring training, ages 12 to 14. Isn’t that lovely. So that’s statutory rape every time you do that.”

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