Antonio Brown's Accuser Drops Federal Lawsuit, Refiles in Florida State Court

Tim Kelly
October 09, 2019 - 10:17 am
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Britney Taylor has dismissed her own federal lawsuit against three-time All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, but has refiled the case alleging that Brown sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions on the state level in Broward County, Fla.

The introduction to the new suit reads as follows, per Nick Valencia of CNN:

Plantiff, Britney Taylor, by and through her undersigned attorneys, hereby sues Defendant, Antonio Brown, and alleges as follows:

1. This case is about how Antonio Brown - a highly successful wide receiver in the National Football League ("NFL") - exploited, sexually assaulted, and raped his long-term friend and former trainer Britney Taylor. Brown preyed on Ms. Taylor's kindness and her religious devotion, casting himself as a person equally dedicated to his religious faith and someone she could trust. In reality, he used manipulation and false promises to lure her into his world, and once there, he sexually assaulted and raped her. These heinous acts have inflicted severe and dramatic damage on Ms. Taylor, irreparably harming her.

2. In June of 2017, Brown sexually assaulted Ms. Taylor twice while they were together for training sessions. First, Brown exposed himself and kissed Ms. Taylor without her consent. Later that month, Brown, while positioned behind Ms. Taylor, began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back. Ms. Taylor realized what occurred when she felt a wet spot soak through her clothing. Later, in astonishingly profane and angry text messages, Brown bragged about the incident to her.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk also says that this new lawsuit includes text messages that Taylor sent to Times Up Now as far back as January of this year discussing Brown's behavior around her. Times Up Now's website says they are "an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds."

Brown was initially accused by Taylor in a civil lawsuit filed on Sept. 10. ESPN's Jeff Darlington reported that Taylor offered to settle outside of court for $2 million, but Brown, 31, rejected the offer.

The initial lawsuit became public just days after Brown had been released by the Oakland Raiders after a tumultuous preseason, and signed by the New England Patriots. Brown caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 15, but was released just five days later after allegations that he sent "intimidating" text messages to another woman that accused Brown of inappropriate sexual conduct in a Sports Illustrated article.