Florida State Defends How It Handled Winston Case

Jameis Winston 10/4/14
Posted at 10:18 AM, Oct 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-11 09:28:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP/WTXL) - Florida State University has released its own timeline of events in the sexual assault investigation of quarterback Jameis Winston.

The university defended itself Friday morning against what it called "misinformation in the media" by detailing the series of events since the incident in December 2012. The university did not name Winston, but referred to allegations against "a prominent athlete."

Florida State said the only people aware of the incident were police and the Victims Advocate Program before January 2013. The decision not to seek charges was made after Winston's lawyer said the Tallahassee Police Department was "no longer pursuing the case" and Winston and his roommates said the sex was consensual.

The release states the woman was not made available for an interview with the school until August 6, 2014.

One of the woman's attorneys, Baine Kerr, released a statement saying that Florida State is "trying to do a little preventative damage control."

Kerr also said that the university, along with Winston and his lawyer, were trying to hide the rape accusation from the Title IX office: "The whole country is moving toward improving the response to campus rape while Florida State still backpedals the other way."

You can read the accuser's attorney's full statement here.

You can read the entire letter from FSU by clicking here.