Jameis Winston‘s alleged rape victim has filed a new lawsuit against the former Florida State University quarterback.
On Thursday, Erica Kinsman filed a civil suit accusing Winston of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and intentionally inflicting “emotional distress” during their off-campus sexual encounter back in December of 2012.
The lawsuit comes after multiple investigations ended without criminal charges for Winston, who has maintained his innocence. It also comes two weeks before the first round of the NFL draft, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to choose Winston with the No. 1 overall pick. The lawsuit isn’t expected to affect that decision.
Kinsman is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 and a jury trial, alleging that Winston’s conduct “went beyond all possible bounds of decency and was shocking, atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society.”
“Jameis Winston . . . has proven time and time again to be an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants,” Kinsman’s attorney, John Clune, said in a statement. “He took something here that he was not entitled to and he hurt someone. There are consequences for that behavior and since others have refused to hold him accountable, our client will.”
Winston has never been arrested or charged with a crime because of the accusations. The State Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in December 2013, citing a lack of evidence and Kinsman’s “problematic” testimony.
Winston’s attorney David Cornwell released a statement calling Erica’s new lawsuit a stunt to distract his client before the NFL draft.
This stunt was expected. Ms. Kinsman’s false accusations have already been exposed and rejected six times. This time will be no different. Mr. Winston welcomes the opportunity to clear his name with the truth.
Mr. Winston is looking forward to the upcoming draft. He will not permit this ploy to distract him as he begins the journey of fulfilling his lifelong dream of being a championship quarterback in the National Football League.
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