FSU Pays Accuser $950,000 to Drop Her Case Against Jameis Winston –
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University has settled a Title IX lawsuit with a former student who said the school failed to adequately investigate allegations that she was raped by former star quarterback Jameis Winston.
The settlement was announced a day before Winston’s accuser, Erica Kinsman, had been scheduled to give a deposition in the case. As part of the settlement, FSU is making a five-year commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention. The university also has agreed to publish annual reports for the next five years about those programs.
According to SI, the university has agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000, which includes attorney fees, in exchange for dropping her case. Florida State also must make a five-year commitment to spreading sexual assault awareness, including prevention and training programs.
“Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from now would have left FSU fighting over the past rather than looking toward its very bright future,” Florida State president John Thrasher said in a statement.
Thrasher added that the university had “full faith that the ultimate outcome of a trial would have been consistent with the previous law enforcement investigations and retired Supreme Court Justice Major Harding’s findings in the student conduct hearing.”
“I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little,” Kinsman said in a statement. “I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”
Kinsman’s Title IX lawsuit accused Florida State of being indifferent to her sexual assault case. She also claimed that the school hindered the investigation so that Winston could continue to play football.
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