Patriots Release Statement on Antonio Brown Sexual Assault Allegations

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 11, 2019

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 15:  Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Britney Taylor, a former trainer for New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown, filed a civil lawsuit in Florida on Tuesday saying that the 31-year-old sexually assaulted and raped her on three separate occasions, per Ben Shpigel of the New York Times.

The Patriots have since released a statement, per Nick Underhill of The Athletic, noting that the organization "will have no further comment" at this time while the NFL investigates:

Per Shpigel, Taylor says the assaults took place in 2017 and 2018.

Brown has denied the allegations and released a statement through his attorney, Darren Heitner:

The wideout also plans to countersue for civil extortion, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Brown said that the two had a "consensual personal relationship" and that Taylor had previously asked the wideout to invest $1.6 million in her "business project."

Taylor says in her lawsuit (h/t TMZ Sports) that "Brown exposed himself and kissed [her] without her consent" in the first occasion, which she says took place during a June 2017 training session in Pittsburgh.

Later that month at Brown's house in Florida, Taylor says that Brown "began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back."

Then, in May 2018, Taylor says "Brown cornered [her] forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her."

Taylor also says that she received profane emails from Brown (warning: messaging is graphic and contains profanity):

Taylor, who says she met Brown while the two were students at Central Michigan, is seeking compensation for "physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering," per TMZ Sports.

Brown agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on Saturday after the Oakland Raiders released him.