Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has finally gone on the offensive in the ongoing rape accusations. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Winston’s camp countersued his sexual assault accuser, Erica Kinsman, last Friday. Despite numerous attempts by Kinsman to prove Winston sexually assaulted her, he has never been charged for the crime. Kinsman also recently filed a civil suit in April against the quarterback.
Winston and his attorneys, John F. Myers and David Cornwell Sr., have grown tired of the accusations and are seeking $75,000 plus punitive damages. They claim that “Kinsman’s false statements have irreparably harmed in his professional and personal life.”
The countersuit states that the relationship between Winston and Kinsman was consensual, and that her inconsistent stories have been a “false and vicious” attempt to get Winston “to pay her to go away.”
As we would expect, Kinsman’s camp doesn’t feel like this is the best move for Winston. Attorney John Clune had the following to say in response:
“Since he is now alleging injury to his great reputation, all of his past conduct will become front and center in the case and the burden of proof will be on him. I’m not sure how well that is going to work out for him, but he certainly has the right to try.”