Jameis Winston lawsuits officially closed
Jameis Winston's legal saga is officially, finally, over.
Judge Paul G. Byron closed the case Tuesday, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court's Middle District of Florida.
In legalese, Byron granted last week's joint motion to dismiss a sexual battery lawsuit filed by Zephyrhills' Erica Kinsman, and Winston's defamation countersuit against Kinsman. The suits have been dismissed with prejudice, so they cannot be refiled. Terms of the settlement (agreed to last month) have not been disclosed.
This is the final step in a case that dates back to a December 2012 off-campus sexual encounter between the Bucs quarterback and Kinsman, who were then both freshmen at FSU.
Kinsman accused Winston of rape, but Winston said the sex was consensual. No charges were filed against Winston after investigations by the Tallahassee Police Department and the State Attorney's Office, which reopened the case during FSU's run to the 2013 national title and Winston's push for the Heisman Trophy.
Winston was also cleared in FSU's code of conduct investigation. A retired state Supreme Court justice who presided over the hearing found Winston not responsible for violating school policies, saying neither side was stronger than the other.
Kinsman sued Winston two weeks before the Bucs picked him No. 1 overall in the 2015 draft. She accused him of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and inflicting emotional distress.
Winston filed a countersuit, alleging that Kinsman defamed him and that her actions "irreparably harmed" his personal and professional lives.
A jury trial had been scheduled for April.