Patriots' Antonio Brown Accused of Sexual Assault, Rape in Ex-Trainer's Lawsuit

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 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 filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday that says New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown sexually assaulted her and raped her in three separate instances.

Ben Shpigel of the New York Times reported the news, noting Taylor previously worked as Brown's trainer. The two met while they were attending Central Michigan and Taylor was a gymnast.

The lawsuit says Brown sexually assaulted her twice in 2017 and then forced himself on her and raped her in 2018.

Brown released a statement through lawyer Darren Heitner denying the allegations:

Shpigel provided additional details from the lawsuit, which says two sexual assaults happened during training sessions. The lawsuit says Brown exposed himself and kissed Taylor without consent in the first allegation and then ejaculated on her back while she was watching television in the second.

Nick Underhill of The Athletic shared emails Brown allegedly sent Taylor in which he lashes out at her, calls her derogatory names and brags about ejaculating on her back (warning: contains profane, offensive language):

The lawsuit says Brown apologized to Taylor for his actions and said "he would cease any sexual advances," per Shpigel. According to the lawsuit, Taylor had broken off her working relationship with Brown but accepted the apology.

"Then, the lawsuit says, on May 20, 2018, Brown forced her onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress and 'forcibly' raped her," Shpigel wrote. "She tried to resist him, screaming and repeatedly shouting 'no' and 'stop,' the lawsuit says, but Brown refused and penetrated her."

Taylor said she will cooperate with the NFL in an investigation and provided further comments in a statement through her lawyer: "As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault."

Brown's denial said he will also pursue legal action "to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations."

His statement said any sexual encounters were consensual. It also said Brown refused to invest $1.6 million in her business venture, that she didn't inform him of an IRS tax lien and was going to use some of the money to buy property she already owned.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Brown intends to countersue over civil extortion.

This offseason, Brown filed two grievances against the NFL in an effort to wear his old helmet, had an altercation with Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and then signed with the Patriots after the Raiders released him.

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