Antonio Brown accused of rape by former trainer in lawsuit

Antonio Brown has been accused of sexually assaulting his former trainer in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida.

The lawsuit alleges that Brown assaulted the trainer, Britney Taylor, in three separate incidents, two of which occurred in June 2017. Taylor alleges in the suit she was “forcibly raped” by Brown in the other incident, which occurred in May 2018.

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” Taylor said in a statement released by her lawyer to The New York Times. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”

Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, denied the accusations in a statement released on Twitter. 

“Antonio Brown has learned (Tuesday) that he has been named in a lawsuit filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida,” the statement read, in part. “Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit. He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.” 

Brown is planning to countersue, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified source. 

Brown signed with the Patriots earlier this week after being released by the Raiders following a tumultuous offseason. 

 

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