New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of three incidents of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018 with his former trainer, Britney Taylor.
The troubled wide receiver has been accused of raping his former trainer according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.
According to the lawsuit, Brown sexually forced himself onto the 28-year-old Taylor twice in June 2017 and again in May 2018. Taylor is a gymnast that met Brown while the two attended Central Michigan. Brown later hired her as a trainer.
The lawsuit says that during a training session in 2017 Brown “exposed himself and kissed Ms. Taylor without her consent”. It also accuses Brown of “masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back.”
Taylor said in the lawsuit she cut off her relationship with Brown after the second incident. The wide receiver is accused of contacting her again and, according to the lawsuit, was “expressing contrition, begging forgiveness and pleading with her to train him again. Ms. Taylor was hesitant but eventually agreed, swayed by his assurance that he would cease any sexual advances.”
On May 20, 2018, the lawsuit alleges that Antonio Brown cornered Ms. Taylor and “forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.” The lawsuit says he persisted despite her crying and saying “no” and “stop” the entire time.
Taylor went back to Brown’s apartment the next day to retrieve her personal belongings and told him they “needed to talk about last night,” according to the lawsuit. He replied, “You made me feel like a real rapist,” her attorneys wrote.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision.” Taylor said in a statement released by her lawyers at Haas Law, “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. 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.”
Taylor’s lawsuit also includes screenshots of emails from Brown that allegedly show him admitting to the crime.
Antonio Brown and his lawyers have not yet responded to the lawsuit.
Brown Says He’s being Extorted
On September 7, Brown posted a video to Instagram live showing a conversation between him and an unidentified female discussing potential false rape claims. The woman says she has proof that the woman is “setting him up”.
Brown asks the woman to “email me it please for records just in case they file” adding “been a lot of extortion so far for money”. He also offers to fly the woman out or give her cash but she declines saying, “my momma raised me right and this ain’t right”
Brown alleges that she has “people from her church” influencing her to do it because her and her mother are in debt from taxes. Brown also says all he did was “pay her to train me.”
He didn’t post the rest of the conversation with “Janet” who was supposedly going to call him and explain the situation.
The Tumultuous Year Continues for Brown
After displaying some erratic behavior during his short-lived tenure with the Oakland Raiders, this is another in a long line of incidents for the star wide receiver.
He was previously released by the Oakland Raiders for his conduct during training camp and leading up to the season. He had several incidents including getting frostbite on his feet from cryotherapy treatment, showing up late or not at all to several practices, insisting on using an older helmet that was banned from the NFL or he would not play, and getting into an altercation with Raiders GM Mike Moyock.
He was released by the Oakland Raiders and immediately signed by the New England Patriots earlier this week.
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