Florida State University said Monday it’s settling a lawsuit with a former student who said she was raped by former star quarterback Jameis Winston.
FSU will pay Erica Kinsman $250,000 and her attorneys $700,000, university President John Thrasher said in a press release. He said FSU is settling to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit.
Kinsman said in a written statement that she is disappointed she left FSU but is happy the school has “committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students.”
Kinsman has filed a separate lawsuit against Winston, which is not affected by the settlement.
The settlement includes a five-year commitment from FSU to sexual assault awareness, prevention and training programs, according to the statement from Kinsman and her attorneys.
Kinsman has said the university failed to respond to allegations that Winston sexually assaulted her and has a separate lawsuit pending against Winston. The former student has said she was drunk at a Tallahassee bar in December 2012 when Winston and others took her to an apartment, where she says the quarterback raped her.
Winston, who is now the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, denied Kinsman’s allegation and was cleared of wrongdoing by FSU following a hearing late last year. He has said the two had consensual sex.
A Florida prosecutor chose not to press criminal charges in late 2013, saying that there were gaps in the accuser’s story and that there wasn’t enough evidence to win a conviction.
The Associated Press doesn’t routinely identify people who say they’re sexual assault victims. However, Kinsman told her story publicly in a documentary.