MIAMI (CBSMiami) – NFL star Antonio Brown hit the practice field for his new team the New England Patriots Wednesday, amid an explosive allegation that he sexually assaulted and raped his personal trainer.
Brown vehemently denies the accusations, stating that any sexual interactions between the two were consensual.
“These allegations in the lawsuit are false, they are not true. They are absolutely untrue,” Drew Rosenhaus, Brown’s agent, told ESPN.
Rosenhaus said the suit is motivated by money and people should not pre-judge Brown.
“People should keep in mind that Antonio denies these allegations. He will have a full investigation, he will go through the legal process and we will cooperate,” Rosenhaus said. “There are facts out there that will come to light that will establish that he is, indeed, not guilty of any of these accusations.”
Brown’s former trainer is 28-year-old Britney Taylor.
Taylor alleges, in the lawsuit, Brown sexually assaulted her three times – twice in 2017 and once in 2018.
She said the May 2018 incident happened at Brown’s Miami home, where Taylor claims Brown “forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress and forcibly raped her.”
Ed Griffith with the Miami State Attorney’s Office released a statement in regards to the case:
“As criminal prosecutors, we always encourage all victims of sexual assaults to report these matters to the police for proper investigation. Having reviewed our records, we found no prior police investigative contacts regarding these allegations or these individuals.
We will be reaching out to the pertinent police agencies to determine if they had any prior contacts or investigations. If such police investigations exist, we would certainly be interested in those reports and any related evidence gathered.”
New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick discussed the suit at a news conference in Boston, but refused to say much.
“We’ve looked into the situation, we’re taking it very seriously, all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions, but I’m not going to be entering discussion with that,” said New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick. “When we know more, we’ll say more.”
Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue.
The NFL has declined to comment but will be opening an investigation into the matter.
The Dolphins take on the Patriots Sunday, September 16th on CBS, with kickoff slated for 1:00 p.m.