Jameis Winston rape accuser speaks in Sundance documentary

Alex Butler

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Analysts and critics again poured over film highlighting famed Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston Friday, but this time the setting was a film festival in Utah and the experts were moviegoers.

Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's new documentary "The Hunting Ground" profiles sexual assault on the college campus and premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. The film features Erica Kinsman, who claims she was raped by Winston.


The film "takes aim at colleges and sex crime cover-ups, including the alleged Dec. 7, 2012 incident in Tallahassee, Fla.," according to the New York Daily News.

Winston, a former Heisman Trophy winner, was not charged by the state attorney after being accused of the sexual assault. Kinsman describes the events in detail, of the night she had been drinking, out at a bar, in a cab, and allegedly being raped on a bathroom floor of a stranger's apartment.

"He was really happy. He's relieved it's over, and now he's focused even more on football," Winston's attorney Tim Jansen told ESPN in Dec. 2014.


The film says that less than four percent of people on campus are student-athletes, yet they commit 19 percent of schools' sexual assaults.

"I did not rape or sexually assault [the accuser]," Winston said, according to the statement he read during his Dec. 3 hearing. "I did not create a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment in the short period of time that we were together. [The 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 [the accuser]. Finally, I never endangered [the accuser's] health, safety, or well-being."

It will air on CNN later this year, and will be released theatrically by Radius, according to a story from The Daily Beast.

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