Rape Accuser to File Civil Suit Against FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston
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Jameis Winston
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On Monday, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was the talk of the town, having led his team to a late fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory to win the college football national championship. On Wednesday, Patricia Carroll, the attorney for the woman who claims Winston sexually assaulted her, announced plans to file a civil lawsuit against the Florida State quarterback and the Tallahassee Police Department, ESPN reports.

"I want heads to roll," Carroll said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

"The family is proceeding, with civil action against the TPD and Jameis Winston and possibly the university."


After reviewing the evidence in the case last month, the Florida state attorney decided not to charge Winston. Winston was facing felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman, a Florida State student at the time, at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012, ESPN reports.

Tim Jansen, Winston's attorney, said the Heisman Trophy winner had consensual sex with the woman. But Carroll claims that Winston raped her 19-year-old client, who withdrew from classes after the allegations resurfaced in media reports.

Those allegations were initially reported to Tallahassee, Fla., police nearly a year ago. The police department claimed that the woman was hesitant in pursuing the case against Winston, so the investigation lagged. The police department didn't turn the investigation over to prosecutors until November, ESPN reports.

Carroll claimed negligence by the TPD in her ABC interview, saying the way they handled the allegations led to the prosecutor's decision to drop the investigation.


"Absolutely you're going to see a civil suit," Carroll told ABC News. "You cannot have law enforcement that is not held accountable."

Read more at ESPN and ABC News.

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