Antonio Brown accused of rape in civil lawsuit

Antonio Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former coach, in response to a lawsuit filed Tuesday within the Southern District of Florida.

Within the lawsuit, a replica of which was reviewed by ESPN, Brown’s former coach, Britney Taylor, accuses the newly signed New England Patriots receiver of sexually assaulting her on three separate events in 2017 and ’18.

The primary alleged incident got here in June 2017, with Taylor saying Brown uncovered himself and kissed her with out consent at one in all his Pittsburgh-area properties. A month later, whereas at Brown’s dwelling in his native Miami, Taylor alleges within the lawsuit, Brown masturbated close to her with out her data and ejaculated on her again, then later bragged about it in a collection of textual content messages. In Might 2018, after an evening out at a Miami-area membership, Taylor says she went again to Brown’s dwelling in Miami to make use of the lavatory and seize some meals, and the receiver “pressured her down onto a mattress, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.”

Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, stated in an announcement Tuesday evening that the receiver and Taylor have been concerned in a “consensual private relationship. Any sexual interplay with Mr. Brown was fully consensual.”

In a tweet on Tuesday, Heitner stated that Brown “will go away no stone unturned and can aggressively defend himself, together with all of his rights in countersuits.”

Taylor was a gymnast at Central Michigan, the place Brown attended school. Based on the lawsuit, they met in a Bible examine group on the faculty and stayed pals, then fell out of contact for a number of years earlier than reconnecting in June 2017, with Brown hiring Taylor to help in his bodily coaching.

Within the lawsuit, Taylor says she believed their relationship was of a “brother-sister” sort and acted accordingly.

The alleged incidents have left Taylor struggling “near-daily panic assaults and suicidal ideations,” per the lawsuit. She is in search of in extra of $75,000.

“As a rape sufferer of Antonio Brown, deciding to talk out has been an extremely tough resolution,” Taylor stated in an announcement. “I’ve discovered energy in my religion, my household, and from the accounts of different survivors of sexual assault.”

Brown, a seven-time Professional Bowler, spent his first 9 NFL seasons with the Steelers earlier than being traded this offseason to the Raiders. After a weeks-long saga with Oakland, he was launched Saturday, and he formally signed two days later with the Patriots. He’s scheduled to follow with New England for the primary time on Wednesday.

There was no instant remark from the Patriots or the NFL.

Heitner instructed ESPN’s Michael Eaves that he has “not been involved with the league concerning this lawsuit.”

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