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Jameis Winston Sues the Woman Who Accused Him of Rape

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One week after Jameis Winston signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the star football player filed a countersuit against the woman who sued him for an alleged sexual assault in 2012.

Erica Kinsman, who accused the former Florida State University quarterback of raping her in 2012, sued Winston in April, seeking damages in excess of $15,000. Prosecutors had previously declined to pursue criminal charges against Winston after multiple investigations into the 2013 Heisman winner, citing a lack of evidence in the case.

Now Winston is suing Kinsman, filing a suit against her on Friday, CNN reports. In the lawsuit, he claims that she had consensual sex with him.

“She has mounted a false and vicious media campaign to vilify Mr. Winston with the objective of getting him to pay her to go away,” the lawsuit states, according to CNN. “Ms. Kinsman is motivated by the most insidious objectives – greed.”

Meanwhile, Kinsman’s lawyer answered by saying that “the burden of proof is now on [Winston].”

“Refusing to answer questions and smearing people in the media aren’t going to fly here,” said attorney John Clune. “I’m not sure how well that will end up for him in this case.”

Kinsman has said that she was drugged and raped by Winston after a night of drinking at a bar in Tallahassee, Florida.

But Winston insists in his countersuit that “at no time did Ms. Kinsman say ‘no’ to Mr. Winston or otherwise protest against having sex with Mr. Winston.”

The lawsuit also states that Kinsman demanded $7 million from Winston in order to drop the case.

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