Florida State Settles with Jameis Winston’s Accuser

BY MARTIN KICH

Trying to find and provide any sort of coherent explanation for how all of the threads of this story can be concurrently accurate would be like trying to pull apart a 500-pound ball of scotch tape:

“Florida State University has settled a lawsuit filed by Erica Kinsman, the woman who accused Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston of rape back in 2012. According to a statement from her attorneys as reported by USA Today, the university agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000 and make a five-year commitment to awareness, prevention, and training programs.

“’I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little,’ Kinsman said in a statement. ‘I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.’

“The lawsuit alleged that the university was ‘deliberately indifferent’ to her report of sexual assault, and that Florida State concealed and obstructed the investigation so that Winston could continue to play football—something which, if proven to be true, likely would have been worth much more in damages.

“Winston was found to be not responsible of sexual misconduct after a student conduct hearing in December 2014. In November 2015, he threatened legal action against CNN if they aired a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, because an interview with Kinsman detailing her allegations was prominently featured.”

This short news item was published by Complex: http://www.complex.com/sports/2016/01/florida-state-former-student-erica-kinsman-lawsuit-jameis-winston-rape-settled?utm.

 

 

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