New York Times is reporting that Britney Taylor, who worked with Antonio Brown, claims he sexually assaulted her during three separate encounters over the past two years.
Per the outlet, the first incident allegedly occurred in June 2017, when he exposed himself and kissed Taylor without consent during a training session. The second assault allegedly took place later that month, while she was at his Miami home: he allegedly began masturbating near her and ejaculated on her back.
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.
The third incident was in May 2018, when Brown allegedly forced Taylor onto a bed and raped her in his Miami home. The lawsuit states Taylor attempted to resist him, but he “was too strong and physically overpowered her. She screamed and cried throughout the entire rape, repeatedly shouting ‘no’ and ‘stop.'”
Per the lawsuit:
When Brown finally released her, Ms. Taylor stood up in a state of trauma and shock, crying in front of him. Devastated and disoriented, she ran into his foyer and collapsed on the ground. No one came to her rescue or to help her in any way. She was completely alone. Eventually she summoned the strength to pick herself off the floor, make it to the door, get into her car and drive—dazed and emotionally shattered—to her hotel.
Taylor returned to Brown’s home the following morning to pick up her belongings before flying back to her hometown of Memphis. When she arrived at the residence, the 28-year-old approached the athlete, telling him they “needed to talk about last night.” Brown allegedly responded: “You made me feel like a real rapist.”
The plaintiff says she hasn’t worked for Brown since.
The lawsuit says she has 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.” It added that the assault has severely impacted all aspects of Taylor’s personal and professional life.
Which is why she 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.”
This comes mere days after Brown inked a 1-year deal with the team worth a maximum of $15 million.
Meanwhile, 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.