Big win for ex-NBA star Michael Beasley in his rape case in Arizona -- the judge has thrown out the $25 MILLION lawsuit filed against him ... but he's not out of the woods yet.
As we previously reported, Beasley -- the #2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft -- was sued for sexual assault and kidnapping by a woman who claims he raped her in 2013.
The woman decided to go after Beasley in civil court after a police investigation found no evidence of a sexual assault.
But now, the judge has kicked the suit to the curb -- citing Arizona laws which don't allow a person to sue for "sexual assault" or "kidnapping." You can prosecute for said allegations, but not sue.
In the judge's explanation, he explains that the accuser could technically sue for "battery" ... but she would need to amend her suit and file it all over again.
As for the kidnapping allegation, the judge says the allegations sound more like false imprisonment ... but the statute of limitations ran out on that ... so she's S.O.L.
So, for now, the case has been dismissed ... but the accuser's attorney tells us they plan to move forward with a battery suit.
As for Beasley, his lawyer David Michael Cantor tells us Beasley is "very pleased" with the judge's ruling ... adding, "These serious accusations have been very hurtful to Michael. He is thankful for those who supported him during this difficult period and is looking forward to the upcoming NBA season."