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FSU Asks Judge to Throw Out Lawsuit from Winston Accuser

Jameis Winston 10/18/14
Posted at 3:22 AM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 04:58:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP/WTXL) -- Florida State University is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from a woman who says star quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted her.

The university late Monday filed a response to the lawsuit from a former FSU student who claims the school had knowledge of her alleged sexual harassment and discrimination by the quarterback.

FSU maintains the university properly handled her case. But FSU officials also say in a court document that no top officials knew about the allegations against Winston until days before it became public.

Winston was cleared of wrongdoing by FSU following a two-day hearing last year to determine whether he violated sections of the student conduct code. A Florida prosecutor chose not to press charges against Winston, who is expected to be a top pick in the NFL draft.

UPDATE: Florida State University President John Thrasher released the following statement:

"Florida State University has no tolerance for sexual harassment of any kind, so being adverse to a former student and alleged sexual assault victim is an unwelcome position for the university. Yet, we have no choice but to respond to her allegations of deliberate indifference in the strongest terms because the facts in the case do not support her account. If the court does not dismiss this complaint, FSU will look forward to setting the record straight by establishing the extensive assistance Erica Kinsman received from the university. The public must have full confidence in our commitment to protect and care for all our students."