Britney Taylor, the former personal trainer for the New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown, has filed a lawsuit accusing the NFL star of rape.
In the lawsuit filed in a federal court in the Southern District of Florida, Taylor accused Brown of rape, battery, intentional infliction of emotional damage, false imprisonment, and invasion of privacy.
She is seeking compensation for “all non-monetary and compensatory harm, including, but not limited to, compensation for her physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self- esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering.”
Taylor, a former gymnast who currently works as a gymnast coach, claims that Brown exposed himself to her on two occasions in 2017 and then raped her in 2018. Britney claims that the rape negatively impacted her career and her relationship with her boyfriend after he proposed to her.
Britney Taylor, a former gymnast and current gymnastics coach who worked for Antonio Brown as a trainer has accused the Patriots WR of rape in a lawsuit. They met while both attending Central Michigan. Below is Mrs. Taylor describing the incidents. And Brown’s legal team response pic.twitter.com/ZQOKz0tKcm
— Dylan C (@DylansRawTake) September 11, 2019
According to the lawsuit, the alleged battery and rape incidents occurred over three separate occasions. The first occasion is said to have happened at Brown’s house in Pittsburgh and the second at his residence in Florida. On the third occasion, Brown allegedly raped her on a bed.
She claimed that Brown exposed himself to her on the first occasion and kissed her without her consent. She is said to have stopped working with him after the second alleged assault during which she claims he masturbated and ejaculated on her. She said that she resumed working with him after he promised to stop making sexual advances. But in May 2018, Brown allegedly forced her on a bed and raped her. In court documents, she said that she shouted “no,” and “stop.”
Taylor has also released a statement through her attorney David Haas:
As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.
Brown has denied the allegations in the suit and has vowed to clear his name. His legal representative Darren Heitner of Heitner Legal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., released a statement addressing the allegations:
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) September 11, 2019
“Antonio Brown will leave no stone unturned and will aggressively defend himself, including exercising all of his rights in countersuits,” Heitner added.
The New England Patriots have also issued a statement:
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.
Who is Britney Taylor?
Taylor is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She attended Ridgeway High School in Memphis and is 28 years old.
She was a former personal trainer of the controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown. The two met when they were students at Central Michigan University where she minored in business.
Brown played football at Central Michigan University and Taylor competed as a gymnast. According to Taylor’s lawsuit, they met at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at CMU.
Taylor spent two years at CMU (2009-2011), before transferring to Louisiana State University where she finished her degree. While there, she was part of the LSU Tigers gymnastics team and was described as an “outstanding competitor”.
She has worked as a coach since she graduated from LSU in 2013 with a degree in sports administration.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she has worked as Home School Head Coach for Conxion Gymnastics. She also started her own gymnastics training venture, Taylor’Ed Gymnastics Traning Center, where she trains young gymnasts.
Taylor claimed that Brown contacted her in 2017 and asked her to work as his personal trainer. She said she was not interested in dating or having a romantic relationship with Brown.
A search reveals that she took down her Instagram page, apparently after media reports about her lawsuit. However her LinkedIn page is still up.