An NFL player has been accused of rape by a former trainer.
Antonio Brown, 31, performs as a large receiver for New England Patriots having not too long ago moved from the Oakland Raiders.
A lawsuit was filed in opposition to the athlete yesterday by Britney Taylor, a gymnast who he had met at college.
She says Brown sexually assaulted her on three events between 2017 and 2018.
Ms Taylor has determined to disclose her id as “speaking out removes the shame” based on an announcement.
The case has been lodged in Florida as a civil go well with.
Mr Brown has denied the allegations by his lawyer Darren Heitner.
Mr Heitner mentioned his consumer will “pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations”.
Ms Taylor was recognized within the federal lawsuit and was quoted in an announcement supplied by her lawyer, David Haas.
She mentioned: “As a rape sufferer of Antonio Brown, deciding to talk out has been an extremely tough choice.
“I’ve discovered energy in my religion, my household, and from the accounts of different survivors of sexual assault.
“Speaking out removes the disgrace that I’ve felt for the previous yr and locations it on the person liable for my rape.”
Mr Brown and Ms Taylor met by a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at Central Michigan University, based on the go well with.
Ms Taylor mentioned Mr Brown contacted her by way of Facebook in June 2017 and requested the former gymnast for assist with enhancing his energy and suppleness.
According to the lawsuit, Ms Taylor was sexually assaulted by Mr Brown on two separate coaching journeys that month.
The go well with consists of what it says are textual content messages from Brown bragging concerning the second assault.
Ms Taylor says within the go well with she then reduce off ties with Mr Brown, however she agreed to work with him once more after she says he apologised and agreed to supply lodge lodging for every coaching journey.
According to the lawsuit, the pair have been in Miami in May 2018 when he raped her in a bed room at his dwelling.
Mr Heitner mentioned in his assertion Ms Taylor invited herself to hitch Mr Brown and his mates on an evening out in town, after which got here on to Mr Brown earlier than they engaged in consensual intercourse at his residence.
The sportsman’s lawyer additionally mentioned that Ms Taylor had requested Mr Brown for cash and for tickets to video games.
Mr Heitner added: “Mr. Brown, whose arduous work and dedication to his craft has allowed him to rise to the highest of his career, refuses to be the sufferer of what he believes to be a cash seize.”
A spokesman for the New England Patriots mentioned: “We are conscious of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier as we speak in opposition to Antonio Brown, in addition to the response by Antonio’s representatives.
“We take these allegations very severely. Under no circumstance does this group condone sexual violence or assault.
“The league has knowledgeable us that they are going to be investigating. We can have no additional remark whereas that investigation takes place.”
NFL haven’t commented.