Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will apparently have one less worry on his mind when he sets up under center for the start of the Bucs big game against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
Less than three years after a rape allegation became the focal point of the Bucs decision to draft him first overall, Winston has settled a lawsuit with his accuser, the accuser’s attorney told FloridaFootballInsiders late Wednesday night.
“The case has been resolved to the satisfaction of the the parties,” attorney Baine P. Kerr wrote in an email to FFI.
Though criminal charges were never filed in the matter, Winston was sued by his accuser, Erica Kinsman, in April, 2015 for sexual battery, assault and false imprisonment.
Winston filed a counterclaim that was to be heard early next year, but TMZ Sports cited court documents that say the two parties reached a settlement agreement and will file for a joint dismissal of the case.
Details of the settlement have not yet been made public.
Shortly after being sued by Kinsman, Winston filed his counterclaim saying he did not rape her and that Kinsman had caused him “reputational and professional injury by making accusations motivated by greed.’’
Winston’s counterclaim said Kinsman at one point initiated settlement discussions in the matter demanding $7 million from Winston, who was signed to a four-year, $25.35 million by the Bucs in 2015.
The counterclaim defined Winston’s contact with Kinsman as a “consensual sexual encounter” supported by medical evidence and two teammates who were witnesses to the incident and asks that a jury hear the matter.
Kinsman, who alleged the incident took place while she and Winston were students at Florida State University, also sued FSU as a result of the incident and was awarded $950,000 in damages during a hearing this past January.