After weeks of behind-the-scenes drama and social media antics, Antonio Brown is back in the news for his behavior. But this time, according to The New York Times, Brown’s issues extend far beyond a league fine.
A woman by the name of Britney Taylor says she was raped and sexually assaulted by the baller on three separate occasions. In the new lawsuit obtained by the publication, Taylor says Brown hired her as a personal trainer prior to the alleged incidents, which first occurred in June of 2017.
According to Taylor, in the first incident, Brown “exposed himself and kissed [her] without her consent” during a training session in Pittsburgh. In the second, which occurred later that month in Florida, Taylor said: “Brown, while positioned behind her, began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back.”
Although Taylor said Brown bragged about the incident in “profane and angry text messages,” she said he reached out a few months later to beg for forgivingness and to convince her to continue training him.
After initial hesitation, according to the suit, Taylor ultimately agreed to continue servicing him. But, just one year later, things, once again, took a turn for the worse.
On May 20, 2018, the woman said: “Brown cornered [her] forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.” She said she tried to fight back, as she yelled “no” and “stop” throughout the incident, but Brown was “too strong and physically overpowered her.”
As a result, Taylor, who said she met Brown while they were both student-athletes at Central Michigan University, is demanding compensation for “physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence and emotional pain.”
However, in the wake of the allegations, Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, has released a statement, denying all allegations, as he claims Taylor’s lawsuit is part of a revenge plot over his refusal to invest in a 2017 “business project.”
“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 allegations,” the statement read, as it detailed Brown’s timeline in comparison to Taylor’s. “Again, Mr. Brown denies all of the accuser’s allegations.”