A woman accused NFL player Antonio Brown of rape and sexual assault.
Britney Taylor, a former trainer for Brown, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging three separate incidents of sexual assault.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” she said in a statement. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”
In 2017, Brown allegedly “exposed himself and kissed Taylor” without consent. That same year, Taylor alleged, Brown masturbated “near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back.” She also said following the alleged assault, she “cut off her working relationship with Brown,” but months later, he apologized, asking for her forgiveness, and agreed to stop any sexual advances if she trained him again. In 2018, she said Brown “forcibly raped her.”
After acknowledging survivors of sexual assault, Taylor said she hopes speaking out helps her move forward.
“Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape,” she said.
In response to Taylor’s lawsuit, Brown’s lawyer issued a statement denying her accusations, saying, “Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit. He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”