Attorney defends Antonio Brown against ‘money grab’ sexual assault accusations
The drama surrounding Antonio Brown has somehow gotten even crazier — and much more serious.
Brown has been sued by a former trainer, Britney Taylor, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions. Two of the sexual assaults allegedly occurred during June 2017. The third allegedly occurred in May 2018.
Taylor filed the lawsuit in federal court in Florida and is seeking compensation for “physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering.”
Here is a summary of the incidents, as described by TMZ. Beware – the details are strong in sexual nature.
Incident 1 – June 2017: During a workout at Brown’s home in Pittsburgh, Brown allegedly exposed himself and kissed Taylor without her consent.
Incident 2 – later in June 2017: At Brown’s home in Florida, “Brown, while positioned behind her, began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back.”
The woman claims that Brown begged for forgiveness and begged her to train him again. She claims she finally relented after he said he wouldn’t make any more sexual advances.
Incident 3 – May 2018: “Brown cornered [her] forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.” Taylor says she tried to fight back but was overpowered and that she screamed “no” and “stop” throughout the incident.
Taylor, a former gymnast, claims to have met Brown through a Christian athletes organization while the two were a Central Michigan for college.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” she said in a statement through her attorney, via TMZ Sports. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.
“I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.”
Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, issued a statement in response to the allegations. He says Brown and Taylor had a sexual relationship that was consensual. Heitner says Brown denies every allegation and asserts this is a “money grab” by the woman, whom they say was seeking a $1.6 million business investment from Brown back in 2017.
In Brown’s defense, Heitner states that Taylor traveled back to Brown’s home 10 days after one of the alleged 2017 assaults. Heitner says Taylor maintained contact with Brown, posts photos of him on her social media page, and asked him for tickets. Brown says in May 2018, the woman invited him to a night at a club and then asked him to go to his house where they had consensual sex.
Here is the full statement:
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) September 11, 2019
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– The text messages Antonio Brown allegedly sent Britney Taylor
– Antonio Brown planning to file countersuit against Britney Taylor
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