Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has filed a counter lawsuit against Erica Kinsman, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Kinsman accused Winston of sexual assault and filed a lawsuit against him in April this year, as reported by the Inquisitr.
The countersuit filing from Winston’s attorneys, John F. Meyers and David Cornwell, claim,
“Ms. Kinsman has been successful in one major area… She has mounted a false and vicious media campaign to vilify Mr. Winston with the objective of getting him to pay her to go away. Ms. Kinsman is motivated by the most insidious objectives – greed.”
One of Kinsman’s attorneys, John Clune, said about the countersuit,
“Since he is now alleging injury to his great reputation, all of his past conduct will become from and center in the case and the burden of proof will be on him… I’m no sure how well that is going to work out for him, but he certainly has the right to try.”
The lawsuit Kinsman filed against Winston in April claims that he committed assault, sexual battery, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of “emotional distress.”
Winston’s attorneys said that Kinsman’s claims have been struck down at multiple levels both legally and by the Florida State University disciplinary committee. The Tallahassee Police and the Florida state attorney’s office struck down Kinsman’s accusations, the countersuit said.
Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs said that no criminal charges would be filed against Winston in December 2013. Meggs said that there was not enough evidence to charge him for sexual assault.
In Winston’s countersuit, he claims that Kinsman has defamed him and damaged potential endorsement deals due to her lawsuit. He also claims that Kinsman is only out to make money from him knowing that he has an NFL deal. According to Winston’s countersuit, Kinsman’s original attorney, her aunt Patricia Carroll, tried to settle the lawsuit for $7 million.
In the countersuit, Winston claims,
“Ms. Kinsman has repeated her false statements with the specific intent of causing immediate injury to Mr. Winston thereby enhancing her ability to coerce Mr. Winston into paying her off to silence her and, thereby, preserve his prospective business relationships and his future earnings.”
Clune said about the case and his client,
“Erica hopes to show other survivors the strength and empowerment that can come from refusing to stay silent no matter what forces are against you… Jameis Winston in contrast has proven time and time again to be an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants.”
Kinsman also filed a Title IX lawsuit against Florida State University for allegedly failing to follow the gender-equality law.