Florida State University said Monday it’s settling a lawsuit with a former student who said the school failed to respond when she accused former star quarterback Jameis Winston of rape.
FSU will pay Erica Kinsman $250,000 and her attorneys $700,000, university president John Thrasher said in a press release.
He said FSU is settling to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit.
‘Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from now would have left FSU fighting over the past rather than looking toward its very bright future,’ Thrasher said in the release.
Jameis Winston (pictured in file photo from August 2015) has been accused of raping Erica Kinsman
Erica Kinsman, 21, got $250,000 after her former university settled a lawsuit out of court, college officials announced Monday
As part of the settlement, FSU is making a five-year commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention.
The university also has agreed to publish annual reports for the next five years about those programs, attorneys for the woman who accused Winston, Erica Kinsman, said in a separate statement.
Kinsman, 21, has said the university failed to respond to allegations that Winston sexually assaulted her and has a separate lawsuit pending against Winston.
The former student has said she was drunk at a Tallahassee bar in December 2012 when Winston and others took her to an apartment, where she says the quarterback raped her.
Winston, 22, has said the allegations are false and that he and Kinsman had consensual sex.
Prosecutors said there wasn’t enough evidence to win a conviction and that there were gaps in Kinsman’s story.
‘My hope is that the federal investigation of my complaint by the Office of Civil Rights will produce even more positive change, not just at FSU, but across the country,’ Kinsman said in the statement.
‘I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little,’ Kinsman said.
‘I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.’
Kinsman also sued Winston in April, in a lawsuit that is till pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, USA Today reported.
Winston signed a four-year, $23 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in May last year.
Kinsman was identified after telling her story publicly in a documentary.
Erica Kinsman went public with her story in the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground
Erica Kinsman, right, accused a former quarterback at Florida State University of rape in December 2012
Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State’s Materials Research building for his student Conduct code hearing, in Tallahassee, Florida December 2, 2014
In this December 27, 2015 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston answers a question from a reporter during a post-game news conference after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears