Jameis Winston Accuser's Family Attorney: "This Was A Rape"

On Thursday morning Jameis Winston's attorney, Timothy Jansen, suggested that his client engaged in consensual sex with his accuser. On Friday night, the accuser's family specifically denied that claim. In a statement released to the media, the family's attorney Patricia Carroll was unequivocal: "To be clear, the victim did not consent. This was a rape."

The statement was provided to specifically address the DNA results identifying Winston as well as his attorney's claim of consent. Carroll refers to the consensual sex defense as "too little too late" and "damage control" after reports surfaced that Winston's DNA was found on the accuser's underwear.

The statement also clarifies what now appears to be the red-herring description of the accused in the police report. "DNA is not 5'9" to 5'11", DNA is Jameis Winston."

Most of Carroll's remarks, which you can read here, are pure lawyer-speak. It's one attorney making negative inferences based on another's tactics and timing. Except for "[t]his was a rape." That's as declarative as it gets.

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Alleged victim's attorney makes new statement on Jameis Winston [USA Today]