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FSU Rape Case: Accuser Sues Jameis Winston For Sexual Assault Incident

FSU Rape Case: Accuser Sues Jameis Winston For Sexual Assault Incident
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FSU Rape Case: Accuser Sues Jameis Winston For Sexual Assault Incident

The former Florida State University student who accused football star Jameis Winston of rape in December 2012 has filed a lawsuit against him, according to Tampa Bay Times.

Erika Kinsman, the accuser, filed the lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial District on Thursday. She accuses Winston of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and “international infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.”

As reported by CNN, she said that Winston raped her after she was out drinking with her friends. Before leaving, she took a drink from an unknown man.

She does not clearly remember what followed, but she found herself in an apartment. Winston had taken off her clothes and forced her to have sex, according to police documents.

However, Winston said that the sex, for which Kinsman claims to be rape, was consensual.

The suit comes two weeks before the NFL draft begins. However, according to Yahoo! News, it will not affect the draft-picking substantially, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know about the accusations. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that the lawsuit will not change the Buccaneers’ decision.

Winston is the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State.

A statement released by Kinsman’s attorney said that Winston is “an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants.”

The statement also said, “Over the past two years, this survivor of sexual violence has had to endure a delinquent police investigation, a hostile FSU athletic department, and Mr. Winston’s bullying lawyer. But the more these forces sought to silence her, the more determined she has become to step forward and hold Jameis Winston accountable for his actions. With the support of her family, she is prepared for this fight and for the counterclaims and the smear campaigns that will surely follow.”

The charges against Winston could result in $15,000. The decision will be made after a jury trial.

Due to inadequate evidence to support Kinsman’s allegation, Winston was not criminally charged. He was also cleared in a Student Code of Conduct case at Florida State in December, one that charged him for four school student conduct codes. The hearing, which lasted two days, saw Winston refuting the charges made against him by reading a five-paged statement.

Kinsman also spoke about the allegations against Winston in a documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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