Details released of alleged rape by Florida State quarterback Winston

Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:44pm EST
 
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By Letitia Stein

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A woman says she pleaded, "please stop, no," as Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston allegedly raped her, according to transcripts from a university hearing released on Monday by her attorneys after he was cleared in the proceeding.

More than 200 pages of documents detail the female student's version of the December 2012 encounter with Winston, who last year won the Heisman Trophy.

When they met at a bar near campus, the woman did not know Winston's name, according to her statements at the disciplinary hearing in Tallahassee, Florida, earlier this month.

Back at his apartment, she said, Winston forced her to have sex in a bedroom and in a locked bathroom.

"I said please stop, no, multiple times," she said at the hearing. "I remember pleading just for him to stop."

The woman, then a student at Florida State, answered questions about the incident from retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding, who was retained by the university to oversee the proceeding. Her name was removed from the transcript.

Winston did not answer questions, but submitted a detailed account of what he described as a consensual sexual encounter, saying he "never used physical violence, threats, or other coercive means."

Neither version appeared more credible than the other, concluded Harding, clearing Winston of student conduct code violations in a letter that became public on Sunday.   Continued...

 
Dec 6, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) walks off the field after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Georgia Tech 37-35. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports