Court document alleges that Pete Rose committed statutory rape

Newly released court documents allege that former MLB star Pete Rose committed statutory rape while playing for the Reds in the 1970s.

In 1973, Rose allegedly had an ongoing sexual relationship with an unidentified girl who claims to have been 14 or 15 years old.

USA Today reports the accusations are coming to light now after Rose filed a defamation lawsuit last year against John Dowd, the man responsible for Rose's 1989 lifetime ban from baseball following his investigation of Rose's illegal betting habits.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - 1965: Infielder Pete Rose, of the Cincinnati Reds, poses for a portrait prior to a game in 1965 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Pete Rose looks up after being called out at second base by umpire Bob Burkhart in a game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, July 27, 1968. (Photo by Barton Silverman/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - UNDATED: Outfielder Pete Rose #14 of the Cincinnati Reds walks alone down a vacant corridor at Riverfront Stadium during the 1970s in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 9: Pete Rose #14 of the Philadelphia Phillies along with his son Pete Rose Jr. exercise during spring training on March 9, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 069 -- Pictured: (l-r) Baseball legend Pete Rose during an interview with host Seth Meyers on July 14, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 13: A Cincinnati Reds fan displays a sign in support of former Red Pete Rose during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Great American Ball Park on August 13, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Red Sox won 5-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: Former player and manager Pete Rose waves to the crowd prior to the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

According to reports, Rose has acknowledge the relationship with the girl but says it didn't start until 1975 and that he didn't know she was under 16 .

Rose was named the World Series MVP in 1975. Rose's lawyer called the filings a media distraction by Dowd. .

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