The Latest: Winston accuser says she hopes for more change
Jan. 25, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The latest on Florida State University's settlement with a former student who said she was raped by former star quarterback Jameis Winston (all times local):
The woman who accused former Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston of rape says she hopes the federal investigation into her complaint will lead to more positive change across the country.
Erica Kinsman says in a written statement that she is disappointed she left FSU but is happy the school has "committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students."
FSU announced it had reached a settlement with Kinsman on Monday, saying it was aiming to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit. Kinsman has filed a separate lawsuit against Winston, which is not affected by the settlement.
The settlement includes a five-year commitment from FSU to sexual assault awareness, prevention and training programs, according to the statement from Kinsman and her attorneys.
Florida State University says it's settling a lawsuit with a woman who said she was raped by former star quarterback Jameis Winston.
FSU President John Thrasher announced terms Monday. Thrasher says FSU will pay Erica Kinsman $250,000 and her attorneys $700,000.
Thrasher says the university is settling to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit.
Kinsman says the university failed to respond to allegations that Winston sexually assaulted Kinsman. She has a separate lawsuit pending against Winston.
Winston, now starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, denied Kinsman's allegation. FSU cleared him of wrongdoing.
A prosecutor didn't press criminal charges, saying there were gaps in Kinsman's story and insufficient evidence for a conviction.
The Associated Press doesn't routinely identify people who say they're sexual assault victims. However, Kinsman told her story publicly in a documentary and filed lawsuits.