MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – We are learning more about the lawsuit filed by a Memphis native accusing Antonio Brown, one of the NFL’s most controversial players, of raping her.
Brown is being sued by Britney Taylor. She says the New England Patriots star sexually assaulted and raped her during three separate encounters.
The media doesn’t usually name victims of rape, but this case is a little different. Brown has not been criminally charged and Taylor chose to file a civil lawsuit against him. She could have filed this lawsuit anonymously as a Jane Doe, but her attorney says she chose to make this public.
Taylor is Ridgeway High School graduate and a former college gymnast. She owns a gymnastics training school in our area.
According to the lawsuit, Brown preyed on Taylor’s kindness and religious devotion. It says the two met during Taylor’s freshman year at Central Michigan University. She and Brown were paired together as bible study partners in a Christian group.
Years later, Brown hired her to be a personal trainer. Taylor claims the first incident happened in June 2017 when “Brown exposed himself and kissed her without her consent.”
Taylor then accuses Brown of a second incident at his home in Florida, where she says Brown positioned himself behind her and began pleasing himself without her knowledge.
Then in May 2018, she says she was forcibly raped.
Taylor did not want to be interviewed, but released a statement saying:
“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.”
“She is brave to do it, especially in an environment when we still have so many people who default to the position of not believing a person who speaks up,” said Deborah Clubb from Memphis Area Women’s Council.
Clubb added, “It does take a lot of nerve and a lot of courage and she will be no doubt go through some pretty severe push back along the way.”
Brown’s agent says his client denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit, saying the sex was consensual. The statement implies Taylor filed the lawsuit because she needs money. (Read the statement HERE.)