(Reuters) – Newly signed New England Patriots participant Antonio Brown has been accused of rape and sexual assault by his former private coach in a federal lawsuit filed in Florida, a declare the athlete denied in a press release issued by his lawyer.
In a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Courtroom in Southern Florida late on Tuesday, the coach, Britney Taylor, mentioned Brown raped her at his Miami house in Might 2018. That incident adopted one in June 2017, when he forcibly kissed and sexually assaulted her at his Pittsburgh-area house.
“Brown preyed on Ms. Taylor’s kindness and her non secular devotion, casting himself as an individual equally devoted to his non secular religion and somebody she might belief,” the 15-page criticism mentioned.
Brown, 31, who’s about to start out his 10th Nationwide Soccer League season after orchestrating a last-minute transfer to the Patriots from the Pittsburgh Steelers, denied all the accusations by means of his lawyer, claiming the 2 had consensual intercourse.
“He’ll pursue all authorized cures to not solely clear his title, however to additionally defend different skilled athletes towards false accusations,” Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, mentioned in a press release posted on Twitter.
Heitner mentioned Brown had spurned a request by Taylor to take a position $1.6 million in a mission shortly after he grew to become the NFL’s highest-paid huge receiver in 2017. Taylor additionally continued to publish photos of Brown on her social media accounts “to financially profit from his celeb,” the assertion mentioned.
The criticism depicts a state of affairs wherein Brown grew to become more and more abusive in knowledgeable relationship that he and Taylor cast years after having met at a Christian athletes’ group at Central Michigan College.
Taylor, 28, a gymnast who had opened a coaching middle in her hometown of Memphis, agreed to Brown’s request to supply bodily coaching providers in June 2017, the criticism mentioned.
Whereas staying at one in all Brown’s Pittsburgh-area houses that month as a result of she had not but booked a lodge room, Brown walked in on her together with his penis uncovered whereas she was dressing, and forcibly kissed her with out her consent, it mentioned.
Later in June, as the 2 watched a church service on her iPad at Brown’s house in Miami, he ejaculated on her again earlier than she realized what had occurred, and despatched her a textual content message about it, the criticism mentioned.
She ended their enterprise relationship after that, however resumed working for him in April 2018 after he apologized. Brown raped her at his Miami house the next month, when she entered the residence to make use of the lavatory after driving his mates there from an evening out, the criticism mentioned.
Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Modifying by Scott Malone and Bernadette Baum