Jameis Winston's lawyer David Cornwell sent a letter to Florida State University, saying that the woman who claimed that she was raped by the quarterback attempted to extort $7 million from his client, according to a new report from TMZ. Winston is not facing criminal charges for the alleged sexual assault following a Tallahassee Police Department investigation, but FSU is still investigating the claims.
Cornwell claims that the alleged sexual assault victim's lawyer, Patricia Carroll, wanted to settle the case for $7 million but he rejected the offer and the accuser went to the press with her story, reports TMZ. The alleged victim said that the incident occurred on Dec. 7, 2012.
The woman said that she feared she would become a target on the FSU campus after she named Winston as the perpetrator of the sexual assault. "When the attorney contacted Detective Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable," reads the statement released by the victim's lawyer in November 2013.
During a press conference in December 2013, State Attorney William Meggs said that Winston would not be charged. Meggs said that there were multiple people in the room at the time of the alleged sexual assault and there was DNA from a second man on the victim's shorts.
"Mr. Winston will cooperate with the investigation. He looks forward to clearing his name. But Mr. Winston will not walk into a honey trap. The investigation must be a legitimate investigation," said Cornwell.
Winston was recently suspended for FSU's game against Clemson on Sept. 20 after jumping on a table and shouting an obscene meme on the FSU campus. Winston is expected to play against North Carolina State on Saturday.