Compromise reached in Jameis Winston sexual assault lawsuit
The sexual assault lawsuit against Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could be coming to a close.
Winston and the woman who accused him of sexual assault have "reached a compromise with contingencies" in the suit, according to court documents filed Wednesday. The two parties expect to file joint motions for dismissing the case within 20 days, according to the document.
Attorneys for both parties said separately that the case was "resolved to the satisfaction of the parties" but declined further comment.
Two weeks before the Bucs chose Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Zephyrhills' Kinsman filed a civil lawsuit against Winston, accusing him of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and inflicting emotional distress from a December 2012 sexual encounter, when both were students at Florida State.
Winston fired back with a countersuit, alleging that Kinsman tried to defame him and that her actions "irreparably harmed" him personally and professionally. No charges were ever filed against Winston, who has maintained his innocence. A jury trial at the U.S. District Court in Orlando had been scheduled for April.
Kinsman previously settled a Title IX lawsuit against Florida State University for $950,000 in January.
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