John Clune, an attorney for Erica Kinsman, Winston’s accuser, later confirmed to ESPN, “The case has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.”
The lawsuit claimed Winston intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Kinsman during the 2012 incident, and also accused the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner of assault and false imprisonment.
At the time of the filing, Winston’s attorney David Cornwell called it a “stunt” and a “ploy to distract” Winston, who was preparing to enter the NFL draft. Cornwell also continued to reject Kinsman’s accusations that allege Winston drugged and raped her on the floor of his apartment’s bathroom the night of Dec. 7, 2012.
While The Post doesn’t normally identify alleged victims of sexual assaults, Kinsman went public last year when she told her story in the controversial documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which aired on CNN in November. Days before it aired, Winston threatened to sue the news network over the documentary, which his attorneys described as “defamatory.” Winston did not appear to follow up with a filing.
Winston did file a counterclaim to Kinsman’s civil suit in May 2015. This counterclaim alleged Kinsman fabricated the accusations “to vilify Mr. Winston with the objective of getting him to pay her to go away.”
Kinsman’s civil suit followed a federal Title IX lawsuit she filed against Florida State in January 2015. The university and Kinsman agreed on a settlement in that case this past January. FSU agreed to to pay Kinsman and her attorneys $950,000, as well as make a five-year commitment to awareness, prevention and training programs around sexual assault on campus. The amount of the settlement was the largest ever for Title IX claims of indifference to the sexual assault of a student.
Kinsman, who dropped out of FSU because of the ordeal, said she was “happy” with the federal settlement’s terms.
She has not publicly commented on the outcome of her civil suit.
Winston, meanwhile, who was never charged with a crime in the alleged incident, is currently in his second season at Tampa Bay; the 8-5 Bucs next face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.