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, Britney Taylor claims Brown sexually assaulted her during three separate encounters over the past two years.
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.
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.” The suit goes on to say that the assault has severely impacted all aspects of Taylor’s personal and professional life.
Taylor is seeking compensatory and punitive damages against Brown for his “brutal and sadistic misconduct,” which have caused “physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering.”
Brown’s attorney, Darren Heitner, has denied the allegations in a statement. “Antonio Brown will leave no stone unturned and will aggressively defend himself, including exercising all of his rights in countersuits,” Heitner wrote.