Offensive lineman Jauan Williams was booked Wednesday into the Leon County Jail on two misdemeanor battery complaints that he struck and strangled his girlfriend when he was playing for Florida State.
The accusations, which Williams denied Thursday during an interview with The Associated Press, stem from separate incidents in Tallahassee in 2018, according to a probable cause affidavit. The first happened that May, when the woman told police that the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Williams flipped her food tray. Because the affidavit also mentions possible incidents of sexual harassment or violence, the Tampa Bay Times is not naming the complainant, who is from Tampa.
When the woman went into Williams’ room, he “proceeded to flip the chair from underneath her and ‘choke’ her,” the affidavit said. Williams, 23, then yelled and spat at her, and prevented her from leaving by wrapping his arms around hers, carrying her into a bedroom and dragging her across the floor, the affidavit said.
When police arrived, the woman lied about what happened to protect Williams, she later told officers. And according to text messages in the court records, she also said she hid marijuana.
The second incident happened a month later, according to the affidavit. The woman told police that she and Williams were getting ready to smoke at his home when he punched her in the face and “almost knocked her out.”
The woman said she went back to her apartment. Williams unsuccessfully tried to get a key to her place from the front office, and a worker there saw him yelling and pulling his girlfriend away from the door, the affidavit said.
Both cases were investigated at the time, but police could not determine whether a crime had occurred.
Williams denied the accusations by his ex-girlfriend, telling The Associated Press on Thursday, “I didn’t do anything. I have so much disbelief, so much confusion. She is trying to kill my career.”
In March 2019, the woman petitioned the court for an injunction for protection against domestic violence, citing the “countless scars” Williams had left on her, damage to her property and verbal harassment. A month later, she withdrew the petition, according to court records, and two days after that, she called police again and said she wanted to move forward with the criminal case.
The woman said she received multiple threats from Williams. “Also, she has messages from suspect Williams’ teammates asking her to cease speaking with school officials/law enforcement because suspect Williams is going to lose his scholarship as a result,” the affidavit said.
Williams was released on bond early Thursday.
Over the past two seasons, the former four-star recruit started eight games at tackle and appeared in five others. The Washington, D.C., native entered the transfer portal during this offseason after his redshirt junior year.
FSU conducted a Title IX investigation into the accusations, according to the affidavit.