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Lawsuit accuses Patriots WR Antonio Brown of rape
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Lawsuit accuses Patriots WR Antonio Brown of rape

What You Need to Know: Antonio Brown

Lawsuit accuses Patriots WR Antonio Brown of rape

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of three separate incidents of sexual assault and rape, according to a lawsuit obtained by WFXT

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida accuses Brown of raping his former trainer Britney Taylor in three separate incidents, two in June 2017 and another in May 2018.

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According to the lawsuit, Brown "sexually assaulted Ms. Taylor twice while they were together for training sessions. First, Brown exposed himself and kissed Ms. Taylor without her consent." 

The lawsuit goes on to say "Later that month, Brown, while positioned behind Ms. Taylor, began masturbating near her without her knowledge and ejaculated on her back." The suit says Brown allegedly bragged about the incident in "astonishingly profane and angry text messages."

Taylor then cut off her working relationship with Brown, the lawsuit states, but began speaking with him again months later after he contacted her to apologize. 

Then on May 20, 2018, according to the lawsuit, Brown forced Taylor onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress and forcibly raped her. She tried to resist him, shouting "no" and "stop" but he allegedly refused. 

A statement for Brown released Tuesday says he "denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit. He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations."

In a statement to the New York Times, Taylor says "As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”

In the statement, Taylor said she would cooperate with the N.F.L. in an investigation.

>> Summer of drama leads Antonio Brown to no-nonsense Patriots

Brown became a Patriot on Monday after being released by the Oakland Raiders.

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