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An attorney for Migos star Takeoff dismissed allegations of forcible rape as "patently and provably false".

The "MotorSport" rapper, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, made headlines on Wednesday after he was slapped with legal action from an unidentified plaintiff.

The woman claims the 26-year-old Georgia native forced himself on her during a private house party in Los Angeles in June. The private party was hosted by Daryl 'Durel' McPherson, an occasional DJ for Migos.

After the alleged rape, the woman drove herself to a nearby hospital for a rape kit. Medical staff observed physical evidence of forceful rape and notified Los Angeles Police Department officials.

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The woman is suing for sexual battery, assault, and emotional distress, but Takeoff's lawyer is confident he will be able to clear his client's name in court.

His attorney, Drew Findling, tells TMZ, "We have reviewed the allegations and have similarly done our own due diligence.

"What has become abundantly clear is that the allegations made against Takeoff are patently and provably false. The claims and statements made regarding this lawsuit indicate that the plaintiff's representatives have not spoken with relevant witnesses or reviewed available evidence."

Findling said Takeoff, who is in a longterm relationship with LaKeya Darshay, does not have a rapey personality.

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"Takeoff is renowned for his artistic talent as well as his quiet, reserved and peaceful personality," Findling continues. "In this instance, those known personality traits have made him a target of an obvious exploitative money grab."

"As his counsel, we are well aware and well versed on the importance of civil and criminal prosecution of true sexual assaults. This is not one of those situations."

The alleged incident remains under investigation by the LAPD, but the plaintiff's lawyer, Neama Rahmani, is unhappy with the lack of progress in the case.

"Justice has been slow in this particular case," Rahmani tells Billboard.com. "It is a month and a half since the rape and no arrests have been made."

LAPD investigators are notorious for dragging their feet while investigating crimes involving celebrities.

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Bill Cosby won the right to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction on the grounds that the comedian didn't receive a fair trial.

It isn't clear if Cosby will be freed on bond while his case is on appeal.

The 82-year-old is currently serving a 3 to 10-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand during a second trial in 2004. The jury in the first case deadlocked.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will review whether prosecutors were allowed to call five additional female accusers to testify against Cosby. And whether evidence was introduced that Cosby gave women quaaludes in the past.

According to Page Six, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also examine whether a prosecutor told Cosby he would never face criminal charges in Constand's case after she accepted a large settlement payment from him.

Cosby's previous request to be released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic was denied.

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Ansel Elgort denies sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl after a Twitter user said the 'Baby Driver' actor took advantage of her when she was young and impressionable.

In an emotional message on Twitter.com on Friday, a woman named "Gabby" said she was "sobbing in pain" during the alleged assault when she was a teenager.

She said she began communicating with Elgort on Snapchat in 2014 when she was 16. The actor soon made arrangements to meet the starstruck teenager offline.

But the teenager's dream of meeting her celebrity crush turned into a nightmare when he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

"He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be," the woman said in her post. She said she told him she was a virgin, and that she was in pain, but he was unsympathetic.

"Instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn't want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were 'we need to break you in.' I WASNT there in that moment mentally," she wrote.

"I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone I was in shock I couldn't leave I was only 5'2 and 98 pounds. He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be."

As her since-deleted post began trending on Twitter, Elgort sought advice from associates and friends to mitigate the damage.

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Rather than let a professional handle the damage control, he decided to tackle the job himself by posting a public apology on Instagram.

"I was distressed to see the social media post about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours," he told his 10 million followers on Saturday.

"I cannot claim to understand Gabby's feelings but her description of events is simply not what happened. I have never and would never assault anyone."

Elgort admitted having a relationship with the girl when she was a minor, but he described their relationship as "brief, legal and entirely consensual".

He suggested the woman revealed their intimate relationship now because he cut her off and stopped responding to her messages.

"I know this belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behavior when I disappeared," he wrote. "As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted. I am truly sorry. I know I must continue to reflect, learn, and work to grow in empathy."
 

Elgort's post sparked angry responses on social media.

"Of course you’re claiming it was legal and consensual. Classic move trying to make the girl sound like she accused you because you dumped her," wrote one user.

Another user wrote: "if she's 17 that's not consentual or legal [sic]. take the L and go to jail!"

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2 years after "That '70s Show" star Danny Masterson was ousted from Netflix's "The Ranch" amid sexual assault allegations, the actor was finally arrested on rape charges.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Masterson with rape in three separate cases on Wednesday, after four women came forward to accuse him of rape in March 2017.

Masterson, a 44-year-old Scientologist, is accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, and a 28-year-old woman in 2003. Another 23-year-old woman alleged Masterson raped her after he invited her to his Hollywood Hills home in 2003, according to the Los Angeles prosecutor's office.

Actress Leah Remini was not surprised at the news of his arrest. The former Scientologist said she was relieved that Masterson was finally charged.

"Finally, victims are being heard when it comes to Scientology!" Remini tweeted shortly on Wednesday. "Praise the lord! This is just the beginning Scientology, your days of getting away with it is coming to an end!"

Masterson, who is married, faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison if convicted on all charges.

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A former New Hampshire state Rep. and Joe Biden supporter was forced to resign after posting a graphic tweet questioning the position of the female vagina.

Richard Komi, a Democrat, sparked outrage on Twitter when he questioned Tara Reade's sexual misconduct allegations against Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Komi doubted Reade's allegations because, he says it would not be easy for Biden to insert his finger in Reade's vagina without her cooperation.

"Judging by the position of the female vagina, it will not be easy for anyone to just put their finger into the vagina unless their [sic] is some Cooperation [sic] from the female herself. That is why I believe Tara Reade’s allegations is [sic] false. She is looking for attention."

Komi deleted the tweet when outraged Twitter users questioned his professionalism and his knowledge of the female anatomy.

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The backlash was swift. Komi was forced to apologize publicly to all sexual assault survivors.

"I wish I had worded my words more appropriately. It was not intended to lessen the pain that sexual assault survivors face all their lives," Komi told Manchester Ink Link on Friday.

"I do not believe Joe (Biden) is the type of person who would do anything to hurt a woman," he added.

"Representative Komi's comment is wrong, inappropriate, and offensive to all Democrats, and does not reflect the values of our party," New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said, Manchester Ink Link reported.

Komi was the first African refugee to be elected to the New Hampshire State House. He fled persecution in Nigeria after he was targeted by the government.

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Atlanta police say a man pretended to be same-sex oriented in order to gain the trust of a lesbian before raping her.

36-year-old Taurence Callagain met the unidentified woman at a MARTA commuter train station in Atlanta's West End in 2015, and the two struck up a conversation before exchanging numbers.

Police say Callagain pretended to be same-sex oriented to gain the woman's trust after she confided she was a lesbian.

According to a statement from the Fulton County District Attorney's office, "The victim is a lesbian and has a female partner who she was is in a relationship with when she met the defendant."

The statement continues: "Callagain led the victim to believe he was gay, so she was under the impression that their relationship was strictly platonic."

Weeks later, after the victim missed the last MARTA bus of the night, Callagain offered to give drive her home, according to the DA's office.

After stopping at his home to pick up marijuana, Callagain lured the victim inside the house to smoke weed.

The woman followed the man to his bedroom "when he began to strangle her and proceeded to violently rape her," according to the DA's office.

"During the rape, Callagain told the victim if she fought or screamed, 'I will get my boys to come in and hold you down.'"

After the rape, the victim fled the home and ran 3 miles in the middle of the night to her home. She later went to a hospital to seek treatment and called police.

Callagain, who is facing a separate aggravated assault case in Fulton County, claimed at his trial that the encounter was consensual.

He was convicted of rape on Tuesday. A sentencing hearing date has not been set.

In Georgia, punishment for a rape conviction can range from 25 years in prison to the death penalty.

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Convicted felon Harvey Weinstein is confined to a wheelchair at Bellevue Hospital, where he was taken after suffering chest pains in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday.

A jury found Weinstein guilty of 2 out of 5 sex assault charges. He faces 25 years in prison when sentenced.

Soon after the guilty verdicts were announced, Weinstein, 67, suffered chest pains and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital's emergency room.

The government took away the walker Weinstein used throughout the trial. He is now confined to a wheelchair after suffering from high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

Weinten's attorney says the disgraced movie mogul is worried that his health will suffer behind bars on Riker's Island, where the judge ordered him taken after he is released from the hospital.

"He's doing as well as he can. He is a little grumpy and proclaiming his innocence and saying that he wants everyone to keep fighting for him," spokesman Juda Engelmayer said.

"Harvey is always worried about his health and worries what prison time will do to him. His physical health is not strong enough to survive prison," Engelmayer said.

Weinstein is also worried about his two children who ned their father.

Weinstein was convicted on the 2 lesser charges of rape and forced oral sex involving two women who never reported him to police.

He was acquitted on the more serious charges, which would have landed him in prison for life.

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A male inmate who claimed to be a female was accused of rape after he transferred to a women's prison and sexually assaulted a bio female inmate.

Janiah Monroe, who was born Andre Patterson and is listed as Andre Patterson by the Illinois Dept. of Corrections, was convicted of killing two people in 2005.

Patterson was charged as an adult and transferred from a juvenile facility to the Cook County Jail, where he promptly strangled his cellmate.

Prison records shows he is serving time for 11 felonies, including second degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, three counts of aggravated battery against a police officer, 2 counts of aggravated arson, and more.

Despite his history of violence, the 30-year-old was transferred to Logan Correctional Center from a men's prison on the orders of U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel -- an Obama appointee, who ordered the Department of Corrections to give transgender inmates hormones and stop making housing assignments based on genitals or physical appearance.

Shortly after his arrival at the women's prison in Lincoln, a Jane Doe filed a complaint, alleging that Patterson raped her and that she was wrongly punished when she complained.

The female inmate said Patterson was housed in her cell, where he "easily overpowered" her and sexually assaulted her in June 2019.

Other women at the facility filed complaints against Patterson under the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He also threatened staff and inmates.

Patterson reportedly stopped taking female hormones after the transfer to the women's prison.

Corrections officers decided to transfer Patterson back to a men's prison in June. But the governor's office reportedly stepped in and overruled the transfer back to the men's prison in Pontiac.

The governor's office didn't respond to an email from Illinois Times asking for comment.

The female inmate has since filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Patterson is being housed in segregation at the female prison for his own safety. He is scheduled for parole in 2051.

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The jury in Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial sent a note to the judge saying they were deadlocked on 2 key counts Friday afternoon. But the judge sent them back to continue deliberating.

The 12-person jury members are hung on the first and/or third charges, for predatory sexual assault, and unanimous on the three remaining counts, TheWrap.com reported.

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The disgraced Hollywood producer is on trial for 2 charges of predatory sexual assault and one charge each for first and third-degree rape. He is also hit with a first-degree criminal sexual act charge stemming from the allegations of three women: Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, and Annabella Sciorra.

The women, who went voluntarily to Weinstein's hotel room, claim he forced them into depraved sexual acts. The women kept in contact with Weinstein after the alleged attacks. One even gave him her new phone number when she changed it.

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Charles Barkley said fellow NBA legend Kobe Bryant should be remembered for both his NBA legacy and that 2003 rape case.

Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in Calabasas, California last month.

Barkley told NBC's Today Show that the Los Angeles Lakers great can be remembered for both his NBA achievements and his rape case.

"You have to tell the picture in totality," Barkley said. "We're not making Kobe out to be no hero. We're celebrating his basketball excellence. We understand what happened in Colorado. That's fair, but two things can be true."

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Barkley, who is pictured with Bryant and his wife Vanessa at the 2016 ESPYs, argued that the rape allegations against Bryant should not be ignored just because they make people uncomfortable.

Television journalist Gayle King was dragged on social media after she asked former WNBA star Lisa Leslie about the rape case affecting Bryant's legacy.

Bryant's angry fans included rapper Snoop Dogg, who threatened King and called her a "dog faced b*tch".

Snoop Dogg, 48, has since apologized twice for disrespecting King, 65.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

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Oprah Winfrey broke down in tears while discussing her bestie Gayle King's troubles on Friday.

King, 65, was heavily criticized and "cancelled" on social media in response to a video clip of her interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

Winfrey, 66, choked up during an appearance on "Today" with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. She described the harsh backlash against King, who asked Leslie if Kobe Bryant's NBA legacy would be "complicated" by old rape allegations from 2003.

"She's not doing well," Winfrey said as she teared up. "She is not doing well because she now has death threats and has to travel with security. She is feeling very much attacked."

Winfrey was referring to the savage online bullying fueled by rude rappers such as Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent, and even NBA star LeBron James.

King said she planned to have intense discussions with CBS over their choice of promos clips.

"I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview - totally taken out of context - and when you see it that way, it's very jarring. It's jarring to me. I didn't even know anything about it."

CBS was quick to respond to King's allegations on Thursday.

"Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made."

 

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A Washington Post journalist was suspended after she tweeted about Kobe Bryant's rape case hours after the Los Angeles Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, died along with seven others in a fiery helicopter crash in extremely foggy conditions on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Felicia Sonmez, a political reporter for the Post, linked to a 2016 newspaper story about Bryant's alleged rape of a 19-year-old Colorado woman. The sexual assault charge against Bryant was later dropped.

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Sonmez complained that she received "abuse and death threats" from thousands of Bryant fans after she tweeted the link to a Daily Beast story.

She commented:

"Well, THAT was eye-opening. To the 10,000 people (literally) who have commented and emailed me with abuse and death threats, please take a moment and read the story - which was written 3+ years ago and not by me."

She continued:

"Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality, even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling. That folks are responding with rage and threats toward me (someone who didn't even write the piece but found it well-reported) speaks volumes about the pressure people come under to stay silent in these cases."

The reaction was swift, as many Bryant fans labeled Sonmez a "terrible person" and generated the hashtag #firefeliciasonmez.

One Twitter user wrote: @washingtonpost @JeffBezos you can't possibly continue to employ this classless, unsympathetic, and unremorseful a person as @feliciasonmez. I don't agree with cancel culture but this is an exception."

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Another reporter for MSNBC also came under fire when she made a Freudian slip and said "ni**er" while covering the tragic crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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Kellen Winslow II pleaded guilty to 2 felony counts of rape and waived his right to a retrial before opening statements were set to begin on Monday, Nov. 4.

The former NY Jets tight end was set to be retried on Monday after a jury was hopelessly deadlocked on multiple counts of felony rape in the first trial in June.

Winslow pleaded guilty to the rape of a 17-year-old girl when he was 19. Winslow hesitated to plead guilty several times in court. "I'm not pressuring you," said the judge. "You don't have to plead guilty and we can proceed with your trial."

Winslow ultimately pleaded guilty to count 6 and count 9 in exchange for a sentence of 12-18 years in prison.

"Your honor, I pray to God that you give me 12 [years] and I can go home to my family as soon as possible, your honor," said Winslow.

"You could get 18 years... do you understand that?" the judge responded.

Winslow will be held without bail pending sentencing in February 2020. The jury, who waited all day for the trial to begin, was called into the courtroom to be told the defendant pleaded guilty.

Winslow, 36, was previously convicted of raping a middle aged woman in Encinitas, California. He was also accused of 2 additional rapes and exposing himself to two other women.

The courtroom decorum was disrupted during a recess when Winslow's dad, NFL Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr., 61, yelled at the prosecutor for looking at him.

"Do not look over here!" Winslow Sr. shouted in the court room. Winslow Sr. was chastised for yelling and he was not present in court when his son pleaded guilty.

Winslow was convicted in June of forcible rape and misdemeanor indecent exposure and lewd conduct. But the jurors deadlocked on other charges related to the alleged rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker in Encinitas.

Jane Doe #5 accepted a ride from Winslow, who took her behind a shopping center and allegedly raped her. The woman initially identified Winslow's attorney, who is also mixed race, as the man who raped her.

Winslow also allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl -- Jane Doe 4 -- in 2003 at a Scripps Ranch house party, according to ABC affiliate 10 News in San Diego.

Winslow, who is a married father of one, was acquitted of masturbating in front of Jane Doe 5 - a 77-year-old woman - at a Carlsbad, Calif. gym in February.

In his closing argument during the first trial, Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens told the jury that Winslow "took from these women what he wanted. Kellen Winslow took from these women again and again and again. This man took what he wanted from them and threw them away like trash because that's what he thought of them."
 

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Text messages allegedly sent by Antonio Brown to Britney Taylor, the woman who accused him of rape, have been released. Taylor filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday, accusing the All-Pro wide receiver of raping her on multiple occasions.

After the alleged rapes, Taylor, 28, claims Brown sent her disparaging text messages before apologizing soon afterwards.

Taylor says she met Brown in Bible study when they were student-athletes at Central Michigan University. Brown hired her as his personal trainer in June 2017. The rapes allegedly occurred in June 2017.

The profanity-laced text messages, which are dated June 29, appear to show Brown accusing Taylor and her mother of plotting to "come up" by accusing him of misconduct.

In one message, Brown, 31, tells Taylor, "Next time u n your momma plotting on a come up make sure u all hoes pick the right man dum ass hoes!" [sic].

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The former gymnast said the first rape incident occurred when "Brown exposed himself and kissed [her] without her consent."

Taylor says she forgave Brown after he apologized and promised it would never happen again.

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The second rape occurred not long after the first incident, when Taylor claims "Brown cornered [her] forced her onto a bed, shoved her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her" from behind.

She said she resisted but Brown was "too strong and physically overpowered her." He continued the assault despite her saying "No" and pleading with him to "Stop."

After accepting his second apology, Taylor believed he was sincere. Then the third rape happened, according to court papers.

Through her attorneys, the attractive born-again Christian says she came forward to help other women and not for monetary gain.

"As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision... Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape."

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Antonio Brown's former personal trainer has accused the New England Patriots wide receiver of raping her on multiple occasions.

The federal lawsuit was filed in the southern district of Florida, where Brown lives.

The troubled NFL star is facing possible rape charges after Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit against him on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Taylor says she met Brown in Bible study when they were student-athletes at Central Michigan University. Brown hired her as his personal trainer in June 2017. Troubling incidents soon followed.

The former gymnast said the first incident occurred when "Brown exposed himself and kissed [her] without her consent."

Taylor says she forgave Brown after he apologized and promised it would never happen again.

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The second incident occurred not long afterwards, when Taylor claims "Brown cornered [her] forced her onto a bed, shoved her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her" from behind.

She said she resisted but Brown was "too strong and physically overpowered her." He continued the assault despite her saying "No" and pleading with him to "Stop."

After accepting his second apology, Taylor believed he was sincere. Then the third incident occurred, according to court papers.

"As they had during their college Christian fellowship days, they often read scriptures, prayed or watched services together during training visits," according to the documents obtained by the NY Post.

While they watched one religious video less than a month after the first incident, Brown masturbated behind Taylor and ejaculated onto her back, the suit alleges.

The next day, Brown sent Taylor profanity-laced videos insulting her and her mother.

Through her attorneys, the attractive born-again Christian says she came forward to help other women and not for monetary gain.

"As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision... Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape."

Taylor is seeking compensation for "physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering."

The Patriots, who signed Brown to a one-year, $15 million deal on Saturday, released a statement to the news media on Tuesday.

"We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives. We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place."

Brown's attorney vigorously denied the allegations.

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Darren Heitner issued a statement saying Taylor only filed the lawsuit after Brown refused to invest $1.6 million in a "business project" she pitched to him.

He said Taylor showed no interest in the awkward student-athlete until she realized he was a star professional football player.

But her attorneys claim Brown pursued their client aggressively.

"In approximately 2013, Ms. Taylor's senior year at LSU, Brown sent her a message on social media, asking for a picture of her. Ms. Taylor sent him a picture of her face. Dissatisfied, Brown asked for a more revealing one. Ms. Taylor refused, reminding Brown that they were just friends. For approximately four years after Ms. Taylor graduated from LSU, the two fell out of touch. In June 2017, Brown reached out to Ms. Taylor via Facebook asking her how she was doing."

"During the course of this renewed contact, Brown indicated he wanted Ms. Taylor's help improving flexibility and strength in his ankles and fast twitch muscles – areas in which she had developed expertise through gymnastics. As a result, the two agreed that Ms. Taylor would provide physical training services to Brown... Ms. Taylor never dated or had an interest in any romantic relationship with Brown. Their relationship, as far as Ms. Taylor believed and behaved, was that of a 'brother-sister' type."

Taylor's attorneys say, after the rapes, she sought guidance from a church leader who was a former assistant district attorney and sex crimes prosecutor in New York.

But Heitner disputed Taylor's version of the events, claiming Taylor admitted to having a "consensual personal relationship" with Brown and that she continues to post pictures of herself with Brown online in an attempt to profit from her association with him.

Heitner says Brown will "pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations" from sports groupies.

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