Woman who accused FSU QB Jameis Winston of sex assault sues university

The woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault has filed a civil suit against the university's board of trustees.

The suit, filed in federal court in Orlando, claims FSU had knowledge of her alleged sexual harassment and discrimination by Winston, and that it created a hostile educational environment for her. The lawsuit was filed the same day Winston, who is not named in the suit, declared for the upcoming NFL draft.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the suit claims that the university's athletic department knew of the December 2012 incident between her and Winston, but did not inform school administrators about it until nearly a year later. The suit also claims that the university did not interview her to determine whether federal Title IX laws had been violated until this past August.

"No one on behalf of FSU, with the lone exception of (the woman's) confidential victim advocate, ever mentioned to plaintiff that the school could bring disciplinary charges against Winston," the complaint said, according to the Democrat "Plaintiff's only information was gained through brief, privileged victim-advocate conversations."

Winston was cleared of wrongdoing by FSU following a two-day hearing last month to determine whether he violated sections of the student conduct code. A Florida prosecutor made a similar decision last year. Winston has repeatedly claimed that he had consensual sex with the woman.

The complaint also alleges that another woman came forward with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Winston, but university officials did not investigate further.

Florida State President John Thrasher told the Democrat in an emailed statement that he was "disappointed" about the lawsuit.

"Evidence will show that through its confidential Victim Advocate Program, FSU did everything the plaintiff asked for," he wrote. "The assertions FSU shirked its Title IX obligations are false."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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