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Jimbo Fisher questioned in Jameis Winston's accuser's lawsuit against Florida State



Four days after beating Boston College in the third game of the season, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher gave a deposition in a lawsuit involving his former star quarterback.

Fisher spoke with lawyers on Sept. 22, according to a deposition transcript obtained Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Times through an open-records request.

The 186 pages reveal little new information about the case involving Jameis Winston. The sections involving Zephyrhills' Erica Kinsman - Winston's accuser who is suing Winston and FSU - were redacted.

Fisher's actions are at the core of Kinsman's lawsuit against the school. Title IX requires employees to report rape accusations for schools to investigate. According to Fisher's testimony, he said he didn't know who accused Winston of rape or whether she was an FSU student.

In another deposition, the director of FSU's victim advocate program said she has dealt with about 20 accusations of sexual violence by football players over nine years.

The director, Melissa Ashton, testified that she also has dealt with about 20 other accusations of interpersonal violence committed by football players.

Ashton said those cases rarely advance to student conduct hearings because victims fear "retaliation, seeing what has happened in other cases and not wanting that to be them."

Ashton also testified that she is concerned that athletes "may be given preferential treatment" in the community and by law enforcement.

"I think it's easy to lose sight of why we're a university and its academics," Ashton said, "but I think a lot of people think it's football."

A trial in Kinsman's lawsuit against FSU is scheduled for September 2016.



[Last modified: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 5:59pm]


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