FSU agrees to settlement with Jameis Winston accuser
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Erica Kinsman, the woman who accused quarterback Jameis Winston of rape in 2012, has reached a settlement agreement with Florida State University in a Title IX lawsuit, according to Rachel Axon of USA Today.
Per Axon, “FSU agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000—an amount that includes attorney’s fees—as well as make a five-year commitment to awareness, prevention and training programs. The lump sum is the largest settlement for Title IX claims regarding indifference to a student’s sexual assault.”
FSU did not acknowledge or admit to liability in settlement, and university president John Thrasher felt the school could have “prevailed”had the case gone to a courtroom but felt best served to avoid mounting legal fees with the incident.
“I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little,” Kinsman said in a statement, per Axon. “I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”