Florida State settles lawsuit with Jameis Winston’s accuser

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Here's what Florida State's settlement means for Jameis Winston
Monday January 25th, 2016

Florida State University has reached a settlement with Erica Kinsman, the former student who accused Jameis Winston of rape in 2012, Kinsman’s attorneys announced on Monday.

The university has agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000, which includes attorney fees, in exchange for dropping her case. Florida State also must make a five-year commitment to spreading sexual assault awareness, including prevention and training programs.

“Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from now would have left FSU fighting over the past rather than looking toward its very bright future,” Florida State president John Thrasher said in a statement.

Thrasher added that the university had “full faith that the ultimate outcome of a trial would have been consistent with the previous law enforcement investigations and retired Supreme Court Justice Major Harding's findings in the student conduct hearing.”

“I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little,” Kinsman said in a statement. “I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”

Kinsman’s Title IX lawsuit accused Florida State of being indifferent to her sexual assault case. She also claimed that the school hindered the investigation so that Winston could continue to play football.

Kinsman left the university in 2013 after her case became public. 

This settlement has no bearing on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ current investigation into how Florida State handled the case.

Winston went on to win the Heisman Trophy with the Seminoles. The quarterback was selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kinsman also filed a lawsuit against Winston. He countersued her for defamation, and the case is still pending.

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