Antonio Brown Accused of Sexual Assault Against His Former Trainer
NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of raping his former trainer, according to a federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida.
According to legal documents obtained by the New York Times , Britney Taylor claims Brown sexually assaulted during three separate encounters over the past two years. The first incident allegedly occurred in June 2017, when he exposed himself and kissed Taylor without consent during a training session.
Taylor, who met Brown while he was attending Central Michigan, says the second assault took place later month, while she was at his Miami home. The plaintiff claims she was watching a church service on her iPad when, unbeknownst to her, Brown began masturbating near her and ejaculated on her back.
Taylor said she expressed disgust after realizing what had happened; The lawsuit states Brown was unfazed by her reaction and simply said, “Oh ‘B’ .. .you know, I’m sorry,” before leaving the room. The former Raider allegedly bragged about the incident in “profane text messages” included in the suit.
Taylor says she ended her working relationship with Brown after the first two assaults; however, she agreed to continue working with Brown several months later, after he assured her the misconduct would stop. “Brown’s assurances proved false,” the lawsuit states.
In May 2018, Brown allegedly forced Taylor onto a bed and raped her in his Miami home. The lawsuit states Taylor attempted to resist him, but he “was too strong and physically overpowered her. She screamed and cried throughout the entire rape, repeatedly shouting ‘no’ and ‘stop.”
Taylor returned to Brown’s home the following morning to pick up her belongings before flying back to her hometown of Memphis. When she arrived at the residence, the 28-year-old approached the athlete, telling him they “needed to talk about last night.” Brown allegedly responded: “You made me feel like a real rapist.”
The plaintiff says she hasn’t worked for Brown since.
According to the lawsuit, Taylor attempted to mentally block out the assaults for months; however, the trauma became so overwhelming she began to suffer “near-daily panic attacks, frequent suicidal ideations, and insomnia.” She allegedly reported the incidents to the Time’s Up organization without naming her assailant. She say she does not know if her message reached the organization.
Brown’s legal team has denied the allegations.