Jameis Winston is Named in Rape LawsuitBy: Erika Watts - January 9, 2014
Jameis Winston is on top of the world right now, but are things about to come crashing down? The redshirt freshman quarterback won the Heisman Trophy last month and led the Florida State Seminoles to a win over the Auburn Tigers on Monday in the BCS Championship Game. Despite all the good things going on in Winston’s life right now, he just received the news that he will be named in a civil lawsuit.
As college football fans likely remember, Winston was accused of raping a student. He was accused in late 2012, but it was only in November 2013 that the prosecutor reviewed the case. The prosecutor decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to build a case against Winston and dismissed the charges shortly before the ACC Championship Game. Even though Winston’s DNA was found on the victim’s underwear, DNA from another male was also found and the accuser’s story was inconsistent.
Now, just days after Winston led his team to a national title, the lawyer for Winston’s accuser has announced plans to file a civil lawsuit against Winston, the Tallahassee Police Department and maybe even Florida State University.
“I want heads to roll,” Patricia Carroll, the accuser’s lawyer, told ABC News. “The family is proceeding, with civil action against the TPD and Jameis Winston. And possibly the university. Absolutely you’re going to see a civil suit. You can not have law enforcement that is not held accountable.”
Carroll has made it clear that the accuser and her family are quite dissatisfied with how the case was handled by the Tallahassee police. The lawyer believes that “improper procedures” led to the dismissal of the case against Winston. Carroll also mentioned that her client had to withdraw from FSU and told not to come back for her own safety. Even though media reports haven’t mentioned the accuser’s name, it was found out by some FSU students.
“I inquired if…if she could return to FSU and they told me absolutely not,” Carroll said. “They too had the impression she would be in physical danger.”
So far there hasn’t been a statement about the possible lawsuit from FSU or Winston.
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