New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has denied a new claim of sexual misconduct, according to his attorney on Monday.
Darren Heitner took to Twitter Monday to write, “Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities. There will be no further comment at this time.”
The female artist who made the claim was working in Brown’s western Pennsylvania home in 2017.
The latest allegations were made in a Sports Illustrated story that also mentions accusations of a charity auction theft, multiple domestic incidents and a number of unpaid debts.
Britney Taylor, the woman accusing Brown of rape and sexual assault and bringing a civil suit against him, was expected to meet with the NFL on Monday. She reportedly provided information to the league in advance of the meeting.
ESPN also reported Brown turned down a $2 million settlement before the suit was filed.
The Sports Illustrated article published Monday detailed a charity softball game that Brown agreed to host in 2017 to benefit the National Youth Foundation. That event also included an auction with a portrait of Brown that he agreed to purchase before becoming friends with the artist.
According to SI, the wide receiver invited the artist to his home to create another piece of artwork, and provided a van for transportation. On the second day there, the unnamed artist, who requested anonymity before speaking about Brown, “was in a kneeling position while painting and turned to find Brown behind her, naked, holding a small hand towel over his genitals.” The artist continued painting, but “after that, it all ended abruptly,” she told SI.
The report indicated the artist received $2,000 from Brown, who didn’t contact her after the incident. The woman did not plan to file charges or receive renumeration, though Brown’s behavior troubled her, SI reported.
Regarding other incidents involving Brown, SI interviewed more than two dozen people who he knew through being employed by him, or as coach and player. Some — but not all — have taken legal action against him, according to SI.
—Field Level Media