Once again, wide receiver Antonio Brown, who just recently signed with the New England Patriots after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, is in hot water again.
He is now accused of sexual assault, including forcible rape, by his former trainer in a federal lawsuit filed in Florida Tuesday.
According to the lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida and seen by NBC News, Brown allegedly hired gymnast Britney Taylor, who he knew from attending Central Michigan University, to be his personal trainer in June 2017. She now alleges that Brown sexual assaulted her twice that month and then again in May 2018.
The lawsuit states that Brown allegedly flew Taylor out to his home in Pittsburgh for a training trip back in June 2017 and did not book her a hotel, the lawsuit alleges. Taylor claims that while she was getting dressed in a bathroom inside this home, Brown walked in with his penis exposed.She covered her eyes and attempted to leave the bathroom, but Brown allegedly grabbed and kissed her without her consent. The lawsuit said that Taylor “willed herself to brush off the episode,” hoping to maintain a professional relationship with the then-Pittsburgh Steelers player.
However, later that month, Brown allegedly assaulted Taylor again while the pair watched a church service on her iPad on a training trip in Miami, Florida.
“Unbeknownst to Ms. Taylor, while she was focused on the religious video, Brown began masturbating behind her,” the lawsuit said. “Before she knew it or understood what was happening, Brown ejaculated on her.”
Taylor then cut off contact with Brown after the incident until he contacted her in 2018 to apologize, according to the lawsuit. She began working for Brown again in April 2018 training him during off-season weekends. Taylor alleges that in May 2018, a month after working with Brown again, the NFL player raped her after a night out with friends at a club in Miami. She allegedly drove Brown and another football player back to Brown’s house for the evening and went to use the restroom when the assault allegedly occurred, all according to the lawsuit.
Brown of course denies the allegations. One of his attorneys Darren Heitner made this statement late on Tuesday evening.
“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” [Heitner said in a statement](https://heitnerlegal.com/wp-content/uploads/Statement-Regarding-Antonio-Brown.pdf) . “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”
Source: NBC News
Photo Credit: Zuma Press