Bucs’ Jameis Winston, Uber driver reach settlement, court documents show

The Bucs quarterback was accused of groping an Uber driver in 2016.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a touchdown pass to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) before getting tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas. [ TAILYR IRVINE | Times ]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a touchdown pass to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) before getting tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas. [ TAILYR IRVINE | Times ]
Published November 27 2018
Updated November 27 2018

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has reached a settlement to end the sexual battery lawsuit filed against him by an Arizona Uber driver who accused him of groping her in March 2016.

In a joint notice of settlement filed in federal court Monday, the driver's attorney, John Clune, wrote that his client "reached an agreement" with Winston to resolve her claim. Terms of the deal were not specified.

The filing in the U.S. District Court for Arizona said the settlement should be finalized in about 10 days.

Clune and Winston's representatives declined further comment.

The agreement comes two and a half years after the driver —identified only as Kate P. — gave Winston a ride in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Kate P. accused the former Florida State star of grabbing her crotch while they waited in the drive-through of a Mexican restaurant. She went public with her story last fall as part of the #MeToo movement.

An NFL investigation found her claim "consistent and credible" and determined that Winston touched her "in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent." The league suspended him for the first three games of this season for violating its personal conduct policy.

In September, Kate P. filed a civil suit against Winston, seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

Since his suspension, Winston has regained the starting job, lost it to journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and regained it again. He threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns Sunday to lead the Bucs to a 27-9 home win over the 49ers.

Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, has a $20.9 million fifth-year club option for next season that is only guaranteed against injury.

This is the second time Winston has settled a sexual battery lawsuit against him. Zephyrhills' Erica Kinsman accused Winston of raping her when they were both FSU students in 2012. They settled their legal claims against each other in December 2016.

Contact Matt Baker at mbaker@tampabay.com. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.

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