Antonio Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer, in accordance to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.
In the lawsuit, a copy of which was reviewed by ESPN, Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor, accuses the newly signed New England Patriots receiver of sexually assaulting her on a few different events in 2017 and ’18.
The 1st alleged incident came in June 2017, with Taylor indicating Brown exposed himself and kissed her with out consent at a single of his Pittsburgh-place homes. A thirty day period later, although at Brown’s property in his native Miami, Taylor alleges in the lawsuit, Brown masturbated close to her with no her understanding and ejaculated on her again, then later on bragged about it in a series of text messages. In May perhaps 2018, right after a evening out at a Miami-area club, Taylor suggests she went again to Brown’s home in Miami to use the bathroom and seize some food, and the receiver “pressured her down onto a bed, pushed her encounter into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.”
Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, explained in a assertion Tuesday night that the receiver and Taylor ended up concerned in a “consensual private relationship. Any sexual conversation with Mr. Brown was fully consensual.”
In a tweet on Tuesday, Heitner stated that Brown “will depart no stone unturned and will aggressively defend himself, such as all of his legal rights in countersuits.”
Taylor was a gymnast at Central Michigan, where Brown attended university. In accordance to the lawsuit, they fulfilled in a Bible analyze team at the college and stayed close friends, then fell out of touch for numerous a long time prior to reconnecting in June 2017, with Brown using the services of Taylor to support in his bodily training.
In the lawsuit, Taylor states she believed their romance was of a “brother-sister” variety and acted appropriately.
The alleged incidents have left Taylor suffering “in close proximity to-daily worry attacks and suicidal ideations,” for every the lawsuit. She is trying to find in extra of $75,000.
“As a rape target of Antonio Brown, selecting to converse out has been an exceptionally hard determination,” Taylor explained in a assertion. “I have discovered energy in my faith, my household, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”
Brown, a 7-time Pro Bowler, invested his very first nine NFL seasons with the Steelers ahead of currently being traded this offseason to the Raiders. Just after a weeks-lengthy saga with Oakland, he was released Saturday, and he officially signed two days later with the Patriots. He is scheduled to practice with New England for the initial time on Wednesday.
There was no rapid remark from the Patriots or the NFL.
Heitner advised ESPN’s Michael Eaves that he has “not been in make contact with with the league pertaining to this lawsuit.”