Back in November of last year, an Arizona Uber filed a report against Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, accusing him of groping her during a ride the year before.
The driver, who has been identified as Kate, said the incident occurred on March 13, 2016, in a drive-thru of an Arizona restaurant. In the complaint, she claimed Winston grabbed her crotch while the two were alone in the car.
The NFL then launched an investigation into the matter, claiming to “take these matters seriously.” However, Winston denied the claims.
Seven months later, a third witness came forward with damning details against Winston, confirming Winston’s “unruly” behavior after their night out. As a result, Winston was hit with a three-game suspension, as the league “concluded that Winston violated the personal conduct policy by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.”
In turn, Winston apologized for his actions and swore off alcohol, as he blamed the substance for his actions. But now, despite Winston’s punishment, the victim is looking to cash in on her misfortune.
According to ESPN, the female Uber driver, who has been identified as Kate P, has filed a lawsuit against Winston, as she believes he “has a history of sexually hostile behavior and appears to be no closer to understanding the impact of his conduct.”
In the suit, Kate reiterates the details of the incident, claiming Winston was “belligerent” as he “leaned toward [her] and placed his fingers between her legs and pressed them firmly against her vagina over her yoga pants.”
She said she looked at Winston, and simply asked, “What’s up with that,” which prompted him to move his hand. She then tried to call her boyfriend, but ended up texting instead, saying, “I just got semi-molested by the Tamp Bay Buc QB,” adding that she was “pretty shaken up.”
Kate filed a report with Uber the next day, which ultimately led to the NFL investigation and Winston’s suspension. But now, she wants money, $75,000 in damages for emotional distress and “future therapy expenses,” to be exact.
Kate’s lawsuit comes as a surprise since she claimed, in 2017, she was not seeking financial compensation, but that she just wanted to tell the truth “about a powerful man who felt entitled to my body when all I wanted to do was my job.”
But now, the woman has had a change of heart over Winston’s refusal to own up to his actions.