Jameis Winston’s accuser plans to sue Heisman Trophy winner
The attorney for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of rape said her client plans to file a civil lawsuit against the Heisman Trophy winner, the Tallahassee Police Department and possibly Florida State University.
Pat Carroll, representing the woman who claims Winston raped her in December 2012, told ABC News: “I want heads to roll.”
In December, Florida state attorney Willie Meggs declined to pursue sexual assault charges against the Seminoles quarterback, citing a lack of evidence and gaps in the accuser’s story.
Carroll said the Tallahassee Police Department’s negligent handling of her client’s case led to Meggs’ decision to not pursue charges.
“Absolutely you’re going to see a civil suit,” Carroll said. “You can not have law enforcement that is not held accountable.”
Carroll said, “The family is proceeding, with civil action against the TPD and Jameis Winston. And possibly the university.”
Tallahassee Police Chief Tom Coe said in December that his department “took the case seriously, processed evidence and conducted an investigation based on information available at that time.”
Winston led Florida State to a last-minute 34-31 win over Auburn in the BCS national championship game Monday night.