*Florida State said Monday that it is settling a lawsuit with a former student who said she was raped by former quarterback Jameis Winston.
FSU will pay Erica Kinsman $250,000 and her attorneys $700,000, according to university president John Thrasher. He said Florida State is settling to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit.
“Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from now would have left FSU fighting over the past rather than looking toward its very bright future,” Thrasher said. “We have decided to instead move forward even though we have full faith that the ultimate outcome of a trial would have been consistent with the previous law enforcement investigations and retired Supreme Court Justice Major Harding’s findings in the student conduct hearing.”
Kinsman accused the university of failing to respond to allegations that Winston sexually assaulted her. Her separate lawsuit against Winston is pending.