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Caleb Brantley's attorney: Ex-UF player refuses to settle with complainant (w/video)

Defensive lineman Caleb Brantley (57) rests after running through a drill during Florida's NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Defensive lineman Caleb Brantley (57) rests after running through a drill during Florida's NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Published Apr. 25, 2017

The attorneys for former Florida defensive lineman and NFL draft prospect Caleb Brantley said the attorneys representing the complainant have tried to settle the battery case.

"I was approached by lawyers representing the alleged victim, both yesterday and today," Brantley's attorney, Huntley Johnson, said Tuesday evening. "They indicated to me they were meeting with the State Attorney's Office tomorrow and that they want to settle the case today. I called Mr. Brantley and communicated what they said to me. He told me that under no circumstances were we to offer them money or give them any money. He said no."

The State Attorney's Office is considering whether to pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against NFL draft prospect on a complaint that he punched a woman.

Also on Tuesday, a video obtained by the Tampa Bay Times purports to show the complainant walking away from her altercation with Brantley earlier this month, according to his attorneys.

The initial Gainesville Police Department report said the complainant, Chelsea Austin, left the scene with her friends. GPD's subsequent report said Brantley knocked her unconscious.

The video begins with one woman speaking to Brantley and his friends, who are off camera. Witnesses told Johnson that the woman propositioned Brantley for sex earlier in the evening, Johnson said Tuesday morning.

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That woman and two others then leave the scene after the police concluded their on-the-scene investigation. Johnson said eyewitnesses have told him that the middle woman is Austin.

Austin's attorney, North Florida Lawyers' Michael Williams, said Sunday that she was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries that require "extensive medical treatment."

The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Brantley has been projected as an early-round pick in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday evening.

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