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Former FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Settles Civil Case With Sexual Assault Accuser

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of rape while both attended Florida State University have settled the civil lawsuit she brought against him.

Court records show that Winston and his accuser, Erica Kinsman, have agreed to settlement terms and anticipate filing a joint motion for dismissal within 20 days. The case was scheduled to begin April 3 in U.S. District Court in Orlando.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, but Kinsman has spoken publicly about her case.

Kinsman sued Winston in April of 2015 for sexual battery, assault and false imprisonment stemming from a December 2012 incident.

Kinsman has said she was drunk at a Tallahassee bar when Winston and others took her to an apartment, where she says the quarterback raped her.

Winston has said the allegations are false and he and Kinsman had consensual sex. Prosecutors a year later said there wasn't enough evidence to win a conviction and there were gaps in Kinsman's story.

Prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to win a conviction and there were gaps in Kinsman's story in their decision not to charge Winston in the case.

Winston went on to win the Heisman Trophy and a national championship for the Seminoles during the 2013 season before being taken first overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

In January, Florida State settled the Title IX lawsuit Kinsman filed against it for $950,000. As part of the settlement, FSU made a five-year commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention. The university also agreed to publish annual reports for the next five years about those programs.

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