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Jameis Winston's accuser reveals identity in documentary

Florida State QB Jameis Winston. [Getty Images] 
Florida State QB Jameis Winston. [Getty Images] 
Published Jan. 27, 2015

The woman who accused former Florida State star Jameis Winston of rape has identified herself and told her story publicly for the first time in a new documentary.

Erica Kinsman details her account in The Hunting Ground, a film that premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. The Tampa Bay Times does not generally name victims or possible victims of sexual assault but is doing so now because Kinsman has identified herself publicly.

The Hunting Ground is directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, who teamed up to make the Oscar-nominated The Invisible War in 2012. While that project centered on rape in the military, the new film focuses on sexual assaults on college campuses.

The filmmakers interviewed Kinsman and several women from other schools — including Harvard, Notre Dame and North Carolina — who said they were sexually assaulted as college students.

The Pasco County resident has repeatedly told authorities that Winston raped her in December 2012. But Winston was never arrested or charged after investigations by the Tallahassee Police Department, the State Attorney's Office and FSU. Winston, who recently declared for the NFL draft, has denied all wrongdoing through his attorneys.

Initial reviews of the film revealed little new information about her allegations. But State Attorney Willie Meggs — who chose not to charge Winston because of a lack of evidence — does say "that things happened that night were not good," according to an online review by the Daily Beast.

Kinsman's name had circulated on message boards, and Winston's legal adviser, David Cornwell, drew criticism for identifying her on Twitter and during news conferences.

She filed a lawsuit against Florida State under the pseudonym Jane Doe this month to protect her identity. Kinsman is alleging that FSU violated Title IX by its "clearly unreasonable response" and "hostile educational environment" which caused her to leave FSU after the investigation reopened in November 2013.

Her attorneys declined to comment Monday.

The film is expected to be released in theaters by Radius-TWC on March 20 and be shown on CNN later this year.

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