TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLA) – Florida State University announced a huge settlement today with the woman who accused Jameis Winston of raping her in 2012.
She filed the lawsuit against the school asserting that FSU violated federal law be refusing to investigate and by covering up her accusations of a sexual assault, according to Kinsman’s statement.
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The announcement came Monday morning. According to FSU, Kinsman agreed to drop her lawsuit and is expected to receive $250,000. Her lawyers will get $700,000.
FSU President John Thrasher said in the statement:
“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. We have decided to instead move forward even though we have 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.”
Thrasher said, FSU’s overriding reason to settle was to avoid a lengthy and costly litigation.
FSU also made efforts to bolster its response to the sexual assault cases. They formed the prevention task group, hired a full-time Title IX coordinator, and added more campus safety positions among other measures taken.
“In this time, we have increased our institutional commitment to tackle this complex problem,” Thrasher said in the announcement. “There should be no doubt that Florida State is serious about fighting sexual assault.”
Erica Kinsman claims the school covered up the charges in order to allow Winston to play for the school as quarterback. She dropped out of school after her name was linked to the allegations against Winston.
In a prepared statement from her attorney, Kinsman is quoted as saying:
“I’ll always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little. I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students. My hope is that the federal investigation of my complaint by the Office of Civil Rights will produce even more positive change, not just at FSU, but across the country.”
Kinsman’s attorneys say she is graduating this spring with a degree in Mass Communications from another four-year university. In May, Winston signed a 4-year contract to play with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa attorney and former federal prosecutor John Fitzgibbons is not involved in the lawsuit, but believes FSU’s settlement is a business decision.”This case is generating huge legal fees, seem like it’s endless going to go on for years perhaps and really FSU doesn’t want to have anything to do with this case any further,” said Fitzgibbons.
“This case is generating huge legal fees, seem like it’s endless going to go on for years perhaps and really FSU doesn’t want to have anything to do with this case any further,” said Fitzgibbons.The settlement does not end the civil lawsuit filed by Kinsman against Winston, or his counter suit against her.
The settlement does not end the civil lawsuit filed by Kinsman against Winston, or his counter suit against her.