Jameis Winston’s accuser, Erica Kinsman, filed a civil lawsuit against the former Florida State Seminoles quarterback yesterday, and new details emerged that could shed new light on the case.
Kinsman’s lawsuit charges Winston with “sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape,” and the timing of this could not be worse for the potential first overall pick as the NFL Draft draws closer.
According to Jessica Luther of VICE Sports, the lawsuit contains information that could potentially be damning to Winston.
“The lawsuit—obtained by VICE Sports and embedded at the bottom of this report—contains two new bits of information that could prove damaging for Winston,” the report states.
“The first is then-Winston teammate Chris Casher’s remorseful Facebook message the morning after the assault—Casher is one of two FSU players who was present the evening of the assault. The second is that Kinsman’s legal team has located the cab driver who took Kinsman to Winston’s apartment the evening of the assault—something both the Tallahassee Police Department and state attorney’s office had failed to do.
If this report is true and Kinsman and her legal team do indeed have said pieces of evidence, then three parties, to paraphrase I Love Lucy, are going to have some ‘splainin to do: the Tallahassee PD, the state attorney’s office and Florida State University.
If it took this long for the cab driver to be found, let alone a Facebook message to surface, then at least one of the three parties was not doing its job effectively and Kinsman clearly hopes to expose that.
But wait, there’s more!
“In this new case, though, Kinsman is clearly going to bring up a second possible sexual assault case against Winston. She first introduced this case in the lawsuit she filed against FSU in January,” the report continues.
“It appears again in this one: ‘On October 25, 2013, Plaintiff’s victim advocate at FSU informed her that a second woman had come forward and reported being sexually assaulted by Winston.'”
Well then. If that allegation is true, even more red flags have to be raised on Winston despite his draft stock being so high and his appearing to have cleaned up his act.
Even his own lawyer, David Cornwall, has serious reservations about his NFL readiness.
We will keep you updated on the story as more details continue to emerge.
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