As Florida State Seminoles star quarterback Jameis Winston continues to be in the center of an alleged sexual assault, his lawyer came forward saying that the sex between Winston and the alleged victim was consensual.
The alleged victim’s attorney, Patricia Carroll, has now released a statement of her own where she states that the sex between the two was not consensual.
“To be clear, the victim did not consent,” a statement by a lawyer representing the accuser’s family said, according to ESPN.com. “This was a rape.
“Jansen stated that the DNA leak damaged his client’s reputation. Why would a consensual encounter damage his client’s reputation? However, a rape would certainly damage his client’s reputation. The ‘consent defense’ is too little too late and is clearly reactive damage control by Jansen after learning the DNA matched his client.”
As the case continues to play out, Winston will stay on the field and suited up for the Seminoles when they take the field on Saturday against Idaho.
A decision on whether or not to charge Winston in the case is expected to be coming soon, but the star quarterback could remain eligible for Florida State even if he is hit with the felony charge. This is a fluid situation that continues to play out, so stay tuned.