Settlement Reached in Jameis Winston Lawsuit
Florida State University says it’s settling a lawsuit with a woman who said she was raped by former star quarterback and Alabama native Jameis Winston. FSU President John Thrasher announced terms Monday. Thrasher says FSU will pay Erica Kinsman $250,000 and her attorneys $700,000. The settlement also includes a five-year commitment from FSU to sexual assault awareness, prevention and training programs, according to the statement from Kinsman and her attorneys.
Thrasher says the university is settling to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit.
Kinsman says the university failed to respond to allegations that Winston sexually assaulted Kinsman. She has a separate lawsuit pending against Winston. She says she hopes the federal investigation into her complaint will lead to more positive change across the country. In a written statement, Kinsman says she is disappointed she left FSU but is happy the school has “committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”
Winston, now starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, denied Kinsman’s allegation. FSU cleared him of wrongdoing.
A prosecutor didn’t press criminal charges, saying there were gaps in Kinsman’s story and insufficient evidence for a conviction.
Alabama News Network doesn’t routinely identify people who say they’re sexual assault victims. However, Kinsman told her story publicly in a documentary and filed lawsuits.