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Civil Suit Dropped Against QB Jameis Winston

NFL quarterback Jameis Winston, 22, can focus on his team’s upcoming matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, now that a looming rape charge is slated to be dismissed.

USA Today reports that court documents were filed on Wednesday by Winston and the alleged victim, Erica Kinsman, to drop two civil charges against each other stemming from 2013. News organizations had withheld her name, but she revealed it in a documentary.

The former Florida State Seminoles quarterback was thrust into a whirlwind of controversy during his [redshirt] freshman season at the school. In the midst of a Heisman trophy winning campaign and an undefeated 13-0 season with the Seminoles, Winston was subject to a rape investigation – which had been dormant for nearly a year. Winston was later cleared by the State’s Attorney, due to insufficient evidence in the case. Months later, he led the Seminoles to the BCS National Championship.

His legal woes continued in 2014 when FSU called upon a retired Florida Supreme Court justice official to decide whether the quarterback had violated the student code of conduct. He was found not responsible for violating the school’s code in a two-day hearing. Winston was a Heisman finalist, once again, and he led the Seminoles back to the championship – but fell short to the University of Oregon.

In 2015, Kinsman fired back with another suit, this time in civil court, against Winston and FSU for their mishandling of the ordeal. Winston countersued a month later. He would later be selected the number one overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft. The next January, Kinsman was awarded a $950,000 settlement from FSU. As part of the terms, the university must commit to five years of sexual assault awareness programs.

Winston has maintained his innocence throughout each of the proceedings and has claimed that the sexual encounter was consensual and that he has been falsely accused. He countersued for defamation and tortious interference.

Court documents show that as of December 14 Winston and Kinsman had filed motions of dismissal for both of their civil suits within 20 days, though details of the settlement are unclear at the moment.

“Counsel Boudet states all counsel report the parties have reached a compromise with contingencies and anticipate filing joint motions for dismissal within 20 days,” a report read.