Jameis Winston reads graphic statement giving his side of story
Jameis Winston read a statement proclaiming his innocence at Wednesday’s conclusion of his code-of-conduct hearing. Warning: There are graphic details of his sexual encounter with the accuser.
This statement contains my best recollection of my involvement with (accuser). I apologize for the graphic nature of the matters I describe, but given the false accusations against me it is important to describe fully and accurately my interaction with (accuser) to demonstrate that she willingly engaged in multiple consensual sexual acts with me with her full knowledge and consent. (accuser) is lying about me. I have no choice but to tell the truth about her.
I did not rape or sexually assault (accuser). I did not create a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment in the short period of time that we were together. (accuser) had the capacity to consent to having sex with me and she repeatedly did so by her conduct and her verbal expressions. I never used physical violence, threats, or other coercive means towards (accuser). Finally, I never endangered (accuser) health, safety, or well-being.
In the late evening of December 6, 2012 or the early morning of December 7, 2012, Chris Casher, Ron Darby, and I arrived at Potbelly’s. Many of my teammates were also at Potbelly’s. At some point, I noticed an attractive girl dancing on the dance floor. A few teammates and I started dancing as well and I worked my way over to this girl and made small talk with her as we started dancing together. I asked her for her name and she asked me for mine. I told her my name. She said her name was "(accuser)." To the best of my recollection, (accuser) and I danced together for approximately 10 minutes. When we finished dancing, we continued to talk and I asked (accuser) for her telephone number. It was loud in Potbelly’s, so, rather than yelling her telephone number at me, (accuser) took my cellular phone and entered her telephone number into my phone.
After (accuser) entered her telephone number into my cell phone, we talked some more. I mentioned something about staying in touch or getting together later and then I went to mingle with my friends. Chris saw me talking to (accuser) at the bar and told me he had already gotten (accuser) number from (accuser).
I did not buy (accuser) a drink. I did not give (accuser) a drink of any kind. I did not give her a shot of any kind. I did not give or offer to give any drugs to (accuser).
Around the time Potbelly’s was closing, Chris, Ron and I left Potbelly’s and socialized in front of Potbelly’s. Chris and I thought that (accuser) was interested in both of us. I decided to send (accuser) a text message letting her know that I was leaving and asking her whether she was ready to leave. Given our prior interaction and her response, I believe that it was clear to (accuser) that my intent with the text was to find out whether she wanted to leave and go home with me. (Accuser) replied to my text saying in substance that she was ready to leave and was coming outside.
Chris, Ron and I were standing next to a taxi cab when (accuser) came outside and voluntarily walked over to us. I do not recall exactly what was said, but we made it clear that we were leaving and (accuser) made it clear that she wanted to leave with us. Since Potbelly’s was closing, there were a bunch of students outside of Potbelly’s, around the outside bar, and there were a bunch of taxicabs parked at the curb in front of Potbelly’s. (Accuser) voluntarily left with us.
(Accuser) was not "taken," forced, or "coerced" into the taxicab. She was fully aware of what was happening; she voluntarily left Potbelly’s in response to my text and she voluntarily got into the taxicab. If (accuser) had protested, then I would have left her at Potbelly’s. Additionally, if she had protested, the students and taxi cab drivers in front of Potbelly’s would have heard her. (Accuser) was fully aware of her actions and she did not protest at all. (Accuser) left with us voluntarily.
The taxi cab ride to my apartment took roughly five minutes. During the ride, everyone was cheerful and talking. We asked (accuser) if she had any friends who might want to come to our place and join us. I recall that she was calling some friends to come to our apartment.
Chris and I lived together in an apartment on the first floor of the Legacy Suites. After we arrived, (accuser), Chris, Ron, and I went into my apartment.
Almost immediately upon our arrival, (accuser) and I went into my bedroom. We were standing facing each other, kissing and touching each other’s bodies. I eventually asked (accuser) if she would perform oral sex on me. She said that she would. The lights in my bedroom were on and (accuser) willingly performed oral sex on me. While (accuser) was performing oral sex, I was close enough to my dresser to reach over to it, open a drawer, and retrieve a condom.
(Accuser) and I also engaged in intense foreplay and heavy petting during the same period that she was performing oral sex. I was with her on the bed during foreplay and I may have ejaculated a small amount of semen onto her clothing. (Accuser) assisted me in putting on the condom. I stood on the floor with (accuser) on the bed and we engaged in consensual sexual intercourse. After sometime in this position, we changed positions. I got on my bed on my back and (accuser) got on top of me. (Accuser) conduct and other verbal expressions left no doubt that our sex was consensual.
I recall hearing Chris and Ron outside of my room. The door to my room was broken so the door could not close fully or be locked. At some point, Chris came into the room. (Accuser), who was still on top of me, saw Chris and told him to get out of the room.
Chris left voluntarily. Chris did not tell me to stop having sex with (accuser). Chris did not do or say anything to try to persuade me to stop having sex with (accuser). (Accuser) did not do or say anything to Chris to express or indicate that she was being forced to have sex with me. In fact, after Chris left the room, (accuser) got up to close the door completely. I told her that the door was broken and did not close all of the way or lock. (Accuser) then turned the lights off and returned to me.
Thereafter, either Ron or Chris pushed the door open as a prank. (Accuser) asked me if there was any way we could have more privacy. I took her into my bathroom. While in the bathroom, we began to have consensual sex again and eventually concluded having sex. After we finished having sex, we stayed in the bathroom for a few minutes talking and she then indicated that she was ready to leave.
(Accuser) dressed herself. While she was dressing, I asked (accuser) where she lived and she told me that her place was not far from mine. I also got dressed and we left my apartment and got on my scooter. (Accuser) sat behind me on the scooter and wrapped her arms around my waist. After a short ride, perhaps three to five minutes, we arrived at the curb in front of Salley Hall. When I stopped at the curb, (accuser) got off the scooter, gave me a hug, and walked through the Salley Hall walkway to her dorm, Kellum Hall.
Other than asking Chris to leave the room, (accuser) did not say or do anything to express or indicate that she was upset about anything that occurred before, during, or after consensual sexual activities. From the time I met (accuser) at Potbelly’s to the time that I dropped her off at her dormitory, (accuser) was fully aware of her surroundings and in control of all of her faculties. She was responsive and communicative. She had a pleasant personality and was fun to be with. During our consensual sexual interactions, (accuser) engaged in sexual talk and took other actions that made it clear that the sex was consensual and that she was enjoying having sex with me. If (accuser) did not want to have oral sex or intercourse with me, she was fully capable of expressing it to me, the taxicab drivers, the numerous students outside of Potbelly’s, Chris, and/or Ron. Had she done so, I would have stopped immediately.
Rape is a vicious crime. The only thing as vicious as rape is falsely accusing someone of rape. (Accuser) and her lawyers have falsely accused me, threatened to sue me, demanded $7,000,000 from me, engaged in a destructive media campaign against me, and manipulated this process to the point that my rights have and will continue to be severely compromised. (Accuser) and her lawyers’ public campaign to vilify me guarantees that her false allegations will follow me for the rest of my life.
At some point they will be held accountable, so I have determined that it is in my best interests to exercise my right pursuant to Rule 6C2R-3.004 (6)(d)of the Florida State University Student Code of Conduct and answer questions when experienced lawyers and other experts can assist me in confronting (accuser) false accusation and when (accuser) is subject to the penalty of perjury and other claims for (accuser) falsely accusing me of rape.