Patriots receiver Antonio Brown accused of rape in federal lawsuit
Antonio Brown’s former trainer alleges in a lawsuit that the New England Patriots receiver raped her and sexually abused her on two other occasions.
The New York Times reports that Brown hired the plaintiff, a gymnast named Britney Taylor, after meeting her while the two attended Central Michigan.
The paper first reported the lawsuit, filed in Florida’s Southern District, that claims Brown sexually assaulted her twice in June 2017. The first incident was during a training session when the NFL star allegedly exposed himself and forcibly kissed her, the suit claims.
Later that month, Taylor was watching television at his home when Brown, while standing behind her, allegedly masturbated and ejaculated on her back. The lawsuit claims Brown later sent text messages about the incident, which are included in the filing.
In May 2018, Brown is accused of raping Taylor after convincing her to work for him again. The lawsuit claims he “forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her” while she shouted “no” and “stop.”
On Tuesday, Taylor said in a statement:
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision… 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 defense attorney, Darren Heitner, also issued a statement saying that the Patriots receiver “denies all of the accuser’s allegations” and that “any sexual interaction with Mr. Brown was entirely consensual.”
See the full statement here: