Florida State University has settled its Title IX lawsuit with Erica Kinsman, the woman who accused former star quarterback Jameis Winston of rape. The settlement was reported on Twitter by Rachel Axon of USA Today, while Chris Gros of Tallahassee CBS affiliate WCTV reported the settlement figures on Twitter.
BREAKING: FSU announces settlement with Erica Kinsman. Kinsman to receive $250,000, her lawyers $700,000.
— Chris Gros (@ChrisNews8) January 25, 2016
BREAKING: FSU settles Title IX lawsuit with Erica Kinsman, a former student who said Jameis Winston raped her in 2012.
— Rachel Axon (@RachelAxon) January 25, 2016
Axon’s report offered a statement from Kinsman, who expressed “disappointment” with the university.
“I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little,” Kinsman said. “I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”
Florida State president John Thrasher, however, refused to admit liability on the school’s end.
“We have an obligation to our students, their parents and Florida taxpayers to deal with this case, as we do all litigation, in a financially responsible manner,” Thrasher said. “With all the economic demands we face, at some point it doesn’t make sense to continue even though we are convinced we would have prevailed.”
No matter how you look at it, this settlement proves one thing we knew from the get-go. At some point during its “investigation” into Winston, FSU dropped the ball. It looked from the outset that the administration went above and beyond to protect the star quarterback and that’s just not OK.
Winston himself hasn’t commented on the situation, but Campus Sports will update this story as any new updates come in.
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