Antonio Brown Accused of Rape by Former Trainer


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NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown, just signed by the New England Patriots, is accused of raping his former trainer, according to a federal lawsuit the trainer filed Tuesday in Florida.

According to the allegations outlined in the lawsuit, which Brown denies, Britney Taylor claims that Brown forced her onto a bed and raped her while she shouted for him to stop, leaving her traumatized.

“Brown preyed on Ms. Taylor’s kindness and her religious devotion, casting himself as a person equally dedicated to his religious faith and someone she could trust,” reads the complaint, filed in the U.S. Southern District Court of Florida. “In reality, he used manipulation and false promises to lure her into his world, and once there, he sexually assaulted and raped her.”

Before raping Taylor in May 2018, the lawsuit alleges, Brown exposed himself to her and kissed her during a training session in 2017. Weeks later, he allegedly ejaculated on her back and bragged about it in text messages.

Those two incidents prompted her to stop working with him, according to the lawsuit, but she agreed to train him again after reaching out and promising to “cease any sexual advances.”

Brown learned of the lawsuit the day it was filed and “denies each and every allegation” in it, a lawyer representing him said in a statement.

The lawyer said that Brown and his accuser had “a consensual personal relationship” and that any sexual interactions were consensual.

In a separate statement posted to her lawyer’s website, Taylor said, “As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision.”

NBC10 Boston is reaching out to the Patriots for comment on the allegations.

NBC10 Boston does not usually identify victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

Kin Cheung/AP

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