New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is accused of raping his personal trainer, according to a federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida.
The lawsuit accuses Brown of sexually assaulting the fitness trainer Britney Taylor on three occasions, including one in 2017 in which it said he “exposed himself and kissed Ms. Taylor without her consent.”
In a separate incident later that month, Brown was alleged to have masturbated “near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back” as they were watching a video of a church service on her iPad.
Taylor said in the lawsuit that she cried out in disgust, to which she said Brown was “unfazed” and “jokingly responded, ‘oh ‘B’ … you know I’m sorry.'”
Taylor said in the suit that both incidents happened at Brown’s homes.
Afterward, the suit said, Brown was “begging forgiveness and pleading with her to train him again.” Taylor said she was “hesitant” but eventually agreed.
The lawsuit said that nearly a year later, Brown “cornered Ms. Taylor, forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.”
Taylor said she fought back but was overpowered. The incident left her traumatized with “panic attacks, frequent suicidal ideations, and insomnia,” the lawsuit said.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” she said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”
In a statement from his attorney, Brown denied “each and every allegation in the lawsuit” and characterized the claims as a “money grab.”
Brown said Taylor had approached him with an investment proposition of $1.6 million, which he rejected. After a lapse in communication, Taylor “engaged” Brown and pursued a “consensual personal relationship,” his attorney Darren Heitner said in the statement.
“Mr. Brown’s accuser has continually posted photographs of Mr. Brown on her social media in an effort to financially benefit from his celebrity,” Heitner added.
Brown has been a subject of other lawsuits in recent years. In 2018, he was accused of damaging $15,000 worth of items in a leased condo in Florida. A separate lawsuit claimed he caused emotional distress on a 22-month-old child by throwing vases and an ottoman from a 14-story condo. Brown described the allegations as “false claims” and vowed to fight back.
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