Posted November 25, 2013

Report: Jameis Winston sexual battery case stalled when accuser ‘changed her mind’

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Jameis Winston's name was linked to a year-old sexual battery case. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jameis Winston’s name has been linked to a year-old sexual battery case. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Police stopped investigating an alleged sexual battery involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston when the accuser “changed her mind” about pursuing the case, according to an email obtained Tuesday by the Tallahassee Democrat.

An attorney for Winston denied the reported allegations against his client after they emerged last week.

The email, sent by Tallahassee city manager Anita Favors Thompson to the city commissioners on Nov. 12, states that police began to have trouble contacting the woman a few months after the December 2012 incident:

“Shortly thereafter a representative of the young woman’s family who is an attorney contacted TPD and said the young woman had changed her mind and did not wish to prosecute,” the email said.

The email was sent to Tallahassee officials in response to media requests to access the police report. A redacted copy of the police report was released last Wednesday.

A Tallahassee police department spokesperson told the Democrat that the case’s designation was changed from “open-inactive” to “open-active” last week after a new piece of information emerged.

When contacted by the police department after the media requests about the case, the accuser’s attorney reportedly asked no information regarding her client or the case be released to the media, in compliance with the state’s Rape Shield Law.


32 comments
streetlegend6
streetlegend6

money rules the world im wiling to bet fsu cut this lady a nice check to forget about the situation i figured fsu wasnt going to sit back watch their bcs champonship go out the window over a alligation of this caliper......

Blake12
Blake12

when the cops realized she was lying she changed her story

PapaTallyNole
PapaTallyNole

Apparently the complainant, with the advice of her attorney ( her aunt ) notified the Tallahassee Police Department in  February  that she did not wish to pursue a prosecution. The case sat dormant until someone with knowledge of the incident recently contacted the Tampa Bay Times and TMZ setting off a frenzy of media organizations requesting a copy of the police report. 

The unanswered question is 'who?

The 'why? is clearly someone who wanted  to embarrass and damage Winston. 


SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

Smells like Twana Bradley.  All we need is Sharpton for a 3 ring circus.  Never mind, Winston isn't white, so there's no race-baiting value for Sharpton.

Charlie P
Charlie P

Likely scenarios:

1. It never happened, at least not at the hands of Winston;

2. She has gotten a bun in the oven and the potential assault has become a potential meal ticket;

3. Someone (a booster for FSU?) "persuaded" the accuser to change her mind.

Not making any judgement, just saying something shady probably happened.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

What part of "Does not wish to prosecute" do the cops not understand?

Centennial
Centennial

Dumb Shaniqua probably thought he played pro ball.

triathloncoach
triathloncoach

So I guess the posters feel that the woman filed charges because it's fun? Who knows, but Jameis definitely should not be treated like he is guilty of sexual assault. He hasn't even been charged.

slickwilly
slickwilly

It's a massive breach of justice that this girl's identity is legally protected, but Jameis Winston's name is allowed to be dragged through the mud. If her name can't be made public, then his name shouldn't be made public either. If his name is made public, then so should her name. It's not right that she can tarnish his name as she feels like while being able to hide behind the curtain of anonymity.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

The way I understand it, Winston is not a suspect and has never been a suspect in a sexual assault that may not have happened. It's a real shame the young man gets dragged through the court of public opinion based on nothing more than that.

TheBigSixx
TheBigSixx

You mean when the check cleared!  :)

PSWE2013
PSWE2013

What a screwed up country America has become... Social media and the ability to comment on a subject shows how warped and hateful many in this country are. Nobody knows what happened but those involved, not all these hateful human beings who make comments about something they know nothing about.

David138
David138

He's guilty. He's a seminole. It's what they do. 

Roger2
Roger2

someone get paid off?

Whatever
Whatever

@Charlie P I think it sounds like someone used Winston's name in meeting this girl, and probably assaulted her. The description she gave police doesn't come close to matching Winston. I doubt anyone would make up such a story and file a police report being that far off of the description of the attacker.

donald5
donald5

@Charlie P It happened last december... if there is a bun in the oven, it is a few months overdue.

Whatever
Whatever

@triathloncoach For all we know the assault took place, but it could have been some guy claiming to be Winston. There are always people who impersonate famous people to try to get advantages, and that may be exactly what happened here.

Whatever
Whatever

@slickwilly Wrong. History shows that women who come forward and make accusations get threatened and harassed by people unrelated to the event. The law is in place to protect victims.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@David138 They must have whomped your team this year. Miami fan? It would figure.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

@Roger2 The "victim" said she didn't want to prosecute in 2012. Did you even read that far.

Whatever
Whatever

@Roger2 Or perhaps she was told that her story, in particular her description of the attacker, didn't match Winston at all and that she would be subject to significant and difficult questioning due to the inaccuracies. That would be a very rough thing for a woman to go through, particularly when she described the attacker as being over half a foot shorter than Winston.

GameisOver
GameisOver

@Roger2  Or someone developed a conscience and decided not to pursue...

Charlie P
Charlie P

@Whatever @Charlie P It's possible, but back in Dec. 2012, nobody, outside the most hard-cored FSU fans, would even know who Winston was.  At least not of the fact he would become a big time player soon after.  Beyond that, it is still shady the woman would change her mind just because she realized it wasn't Winston.