(USA Today) – Florida State has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit with Erica Kinsman, a former student who said she was raped by quarterback Jameis Winston in 2012.
The settlement was announced by her attorneys on Monday, more than a year after she initially filed the complaint in federal court.
FSU agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000 – an amount that includes attorney’s fees – as well as make a five-year commitment to awareness, prevention and training programs. The lump sum is the largest settlement for Title IX claims regarding indifference to a student’s sexual assault.
“I will always be disappointed that I had to leave the school I dreamed of attending since I was little,” Kinsman said in a statement. “I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”
FSU did not admit to liability in the settlement, which university president John Thrasher said the school agreed to in order to avoid additional litigation expenses.
“We have an obligation to our students, their parents and Florida taxpayers to deal with this case, as we do all litigation, in a financially responsible manner,” Thrasher said in a statement. “With all the economic demands we face, at some point it doesn’t make sense to continue even though we are convinced we would have prevailed.”
Listen, none of us will ever truly know what happened that night between these two. And of course its in the schools best interest to just make this go away as quickly as possible, but $950K seems like a pretty large sum to pay out for not having done anything wrong.
Pretty cocky actually for the administrators to basically say, Ya we totally would have won this case, but we have better things to do so were just going to pony up a million bucks.
And while this settles the case with the School, Famous Jameis will have a similar situation coming his way soon enough as Kinsman still has a law suit against him personally.
My guess is the outcome will be much the same and Winston will end up cutting a large check in the end.