• Patriots WR Antonio Brown accused of rape, sexual assault in lawsuit

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    New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of three separate incidents of sexual assault and rape, according to a lawsuit obtained by Boston 25 News. 

    The civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida accuses Brown of raping his former trainer Britney Taylor in three separate incidents -- two in June 2017, and another in May 2018.

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    According to the lawsuit, Brown "sexually assaulted Ms. Taylor twice while they were together for training sessions. First, Brown exposed himself and kissed Ms. Taylor without her consent." 

    The lawsuit goes on to say "Later that month, Brown, while positioned behind Ms. Taylor began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back." The suit says Brown allegedly bragged about the incident in "astonishingly profane and angry text messages."

    Taylor then cut off her working relationship with Brown, the lawsuit states, but began speaking with him again months later after he contacted her to apologize. 

    Then on May 20, 2018, according to the lawsuit, Brown forced Taylor onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress and forcibly raped her. She tried to resist him, shouting "no" and "stop" but he allegedly refused. 

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    A statement for Brown released Tuesday says he "denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit. He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations."

    Boston 25 News is naming the alleged victim because she has come forward and provided us a statement on the case.

    That statement reads: "As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision.  I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.  Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape. I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.”

    The Patriots issued a statement late Tuesday night saying: “We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives. We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”

    Brown signed to the Patriots on Monday after he was released by the Oakland Raiders. 

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