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Jameis Winston accuser’s lawyer says Winston offered to pay alleged victim off

Jameis WinstonFlorida State is conducting an independent Title IX investigation of the Jameis Winston sexual assault case, and so far that has led to one thing — testy lawyers hurling accusations at one another.

In a letter informing FSU that Winston will cooperate with the investigation, the junior quarterback’s attorney, David Cornwell, told the school that Winston’s accuser demanded $7 million to keep quiet before going public with her accusations. The alleged victim’s attorneys fired back on Wednesday, claiming that Cornwell is the one who initiated a meeting to discuss a settlement.

“The facts that Mr. Cornwell chose not to disclose are that it was he himself who reached out to our client’s former counsel Patricia Carroll to discuss paying off our client,” the accuser’s Title IX lawyers said in a statement, per Rachel Axon of USA Today Sports. “Patricia Carroll didn’t’ even know who David Cornwell was until he called. Mr. Cornwell then himself flew down from Atlanta to negotiate with Ms. Carroll.

“Settlement discussions were immediately unproductive as Cornwell was crude and insulting going so far as to say ‘your client likes to (expletive) football players.’ When told that the client’s main concern was not money but that Winston be held accountable for his actions, Cornwell threatened to sue our client and her parents for civil racketeering in an effort to intimidate them into staying quiet.”

Someone is lying. It could be Cornwell, but he certainly isn’t backing down.

Yes, we live in a generation where lawyers use Twitter to take shots at each other over serious legal matters. Deal with it.

H/T Deadspin

Jameis Winston accuser reportedly wanted $7 million to go away

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston’s lawyer wrote in a recent letter to Florida State University that the woman who claimed she was raped by Winston offered to settle out of court for $7 million.

According to TMZ, the alleged victim’s lawyer, Patricia Carroll, demanded $7 million to settle her client’s claims against Winston and FSU and vowed that “you will never hear from my client or me again — in the press or anywhere” if the money was paid out. Winston’s attorney David Cornwell says he rejected the proposal and Carroll went to the media four days later.

Cornwell also told FSU in his letter that Carroll said Winston had to have raped her client because she would never sleep with a “black boy.” The alleged victim was dating a black male at the time.

Cornwell said Winston is willing to fully cooperate with FSU’s private investigation into the case but that the quarterback will not put himself into a situation where he is at risk of being extorted.

“Mr. Winston will cooperate with the Investigation. He looks forward to clearing his name,” Cornwell wrote. “But Mr. Winston will not walk into a honey trap. The investigation must be a legitimate investigation.”

Winston was cleared of sexual assault last year after prosecutors found a number of holes in the alleged victim’s story and discovered another man’s DNA on her clothing.

Report: Second woman ‘sought counseling’ after sexual encounter with Jameis Winston

Jameis WinstonThe New York Times released a lengthy report on Wednesday that dives deeper into the Jameis Winston sexual assault investigation. In short, it gives us a better understanding of what a poor job the Tallahassee Police Department did when Winston’s accuser first came forward.

No one really knows if Winston is guilty or innocent. What we do know is that it was determined there was not enough evidence to file a charge against the Florida State star. You can thank the TPD’s incompetence for that. We’ll get into that later, but let’s first look at a second woman who claimed she had a disturbing sexual encounter with Winston.

According to the Times, prosecutors said a second woman “sought counseling” after having a sexual encounter with Winston about a month before the rape accusation went public.

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Report: FSU investigated Jameis Winston case, he didn’t cooperate

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston was never charged with sexual assault late last year after he was accused of raping a woman on Dec. 7, 2012. The state attorney determined that there was not enough evidence against Winston to file a charge, and he later went on to lead Florida State to a BCS National Championship. But is he out of the woods?

According to a report Deadspin published on Thursday, Florida State has conducted its own independent investigation of the incident with what is called a Title IX investigation. As a result, FSU players Chris Casher and Ronald Darby were recently charged with five violations of the school’s code of conduct. Winston, however, is not facing any sanctions from the university.

Casher and Darby both gave signed affidavits to legal investigators heavily supporting the notion that Winston’s alleged victim was a willing participant. Both said they watched Winston having sex with his accuser and Casher admitted to filming the act on his cell phone. He said he later deleted the video.

As a result, Casher and Darby face FSU charges of “conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person” and “acts that invade the privacy of another person.” Casher is also charged with “recording images without consent.”

So why have Casher and Darby been charged by the school but not Winston? Because Jameis didn’t say anything. According to Deadspin’s source, Winston was called to a meeting with FSU dean of students Jeanine Ward-Roof and others in January. Winston said at the meeting that his legal team advised him to say nothing.

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Jameis Winston accuser filing civil suit against Winston, Tallahassee Police

Jameis WinstonThe woman who accused Jameis Winston of raping her plans to file civil suits against the Florida State quarterback and Tallahassee Police Department, her attorney told ABC News. They may also sue the school, she said.

“The family is proceeding, with civil action against the TPD and Jameis Winston. And possibly the university,” attorney Pat Carroll told ABC News.

Carroll told ABC that she wants “heads to roll.” She claims TPD was negligent in the way they handled the case and that their work led the prosecutor to drop the case.

In December, Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe said in a statement that his department “took the case seriously, processed evidence and conducted an investigation based on information available at that time.”

The accuser first filed her complaint with the police on Dec. 7, 2012. The case was considered open-active for a few months while it was investigated, but it was changed to open-inactive a few months later. The case was moved to active in November after new information emerged (or after media began pushing them, depending on what you believe).

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Florida’s state attorney Willie Meggs said that November was the first he’d heard about the case. After conducting an investigation, Meggs announced last month that they decided not to file any charges against Winston.

The accuser left school last semester and reportedly has been warned by the school to stay away to protect her safety.

Jameis Winston accuser’s lawyer says Chris Casher destroyed evidence

Jameis WinstonThe Florida state attorney’s office did not find enough evidence to file charges against Jameis Winston after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman, but that does not mean the Florida State quarterback is totally out of the woods. The case could, in theory, be reopened at some point if new information is obtained.

On Friday morning, the attorney for Winston’s accuser, Patricia Carroll, said that the Tallahassee Police Department conducted “an investigation of a rape victim, not an investigation of a rape suspect.” Carroll added that the investigation was a failure that resulted from Winston being on the FSU football team. She also called for an independent investigation of the case.

In addition, TMZ reported on Friday that Carroll is claiming Winston’s teammate Chris Casher destroyed evidence related to the investigation. Casher, an FSU defensive end, told police that Winston engaged in consensual sex with the accuser. He stated in an incident report that he and another FSU player watched through a doorway as Winston and the woman engaged in sexual activity. Casher also admitted that he tried to videotape the two using his cell phone but the accuser spotted him and told him to leave.

Therein lies the problem, according to Carroll. The report states that Casher “tried” to videotape Winston and the woman, which could mean he didn’t actually get any footage. However, Carroll claims Casher broke the law by secretly videotaping her client and later destroyed evidence by deleting it. Carroll reportedly said investigators ignored Casher’s illegal activity, which contributed to their mishandling of the case.

The main issue for investigators was the presence of inconsistencies in the accuser’s testimony. Those inconsistencies will likely present problems no matter what angle Carroll tries to pursue.

Reporter asks if Jameis Winston accuser has Alabama affiliation (Video)

Tim Jansen attorneyWas the Jameis Winston sexual assault accusation just a conspiracy from Alabama fans looking to derail Florida State’s football season? That’s what one reporter wanted to know.

During Thursday’s press conference to announce that Winston would not be charged in the alleged sexual assault case, one reporter asked Winston’s attorney Tim Jansen whether the victim’s family had an affiliation with Alabama. Seriously.

“Do they have any affiliation whatsoever with the University of Alabama?” the reporter asked.

So there you have it. Some people really think women bring forward rape charges because they want to screw up a team’s football season.

Video via Tim Burke