The woman who accused of Jameis Winston of sexual assault has filed suit against the former Florida State quarterback.
Erica Kinsman’s lawsuit was filed Thursday in Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reported. It claims that Winston intentionally inflicted emotional distress during the 2012 incident, and accuses the NFL hopeful of assault and false imprisonment.
“We know that quite often the public is quick to support the cause against sexual violence but at times can be slow to support the individual women who come forward,” John Clune, a lawyer for Kinsman, said in a statement emailed to The Post on Friday. “We hope that this case becomes a model for understanding what real sexual assault cases look like as well as the barriers that survivors face in coming forward.
“Perhaps more than anything, 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.”
Kinsman’s has spoken about her encounter with Winston in the new documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which examines sexual assaults on college campuses. Her lawsuit against Winston was filed about two weeks before the 2015 NFL Draft.
Kinsman — who also filed a federal suit against Florida State earlier this year — is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, according to the court documents.
Winston wasn’t charged with a crime in connection to the incident, and a retired Florida Supreme Court justice found that the university didn’t have enough evidence to punish him under its code of conduct.
“This stunt was expected,” attorney David Cornwell said in the statement, which was obtained by Pro Football Talk. “[The accuser’s] false accusations have already been exposed and rejected six times. This time will be no different. Mr. Winston welcomes the opportunity to clear his name with the truth.
“Mr. Winston is looking forward to the upcoming draft. He will not permit this ploy to distract him as he begins the journey of fulfilling his lifelong dream of being a championship quarterback in the National Football League.”