FSU and Its Star QB Winston Could Face Lawsuit

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Scott “didn’t even give us the courtesy of a response,” Carroll said Thursday.

On December 13, Scott, through a spokeswoman, said he declined to look into the matter. Jackie Schutz at the time said local prosecutors and state law-enforcement authorities did “a thorough investigation of this case and they concluded that no further action on this matter is required.”

Carroll sent Scott a letter on Dec. 19 — along with one from the woman and her mother.

The documents were released Thursday by Scott’s office following a public records request.

In a one-page letter, the woman who has accused Winston told Scott that her attorney received calls from two other FSU students who said they were raped, but were “discouraged” from going through with a prosecution. Carroll said the family members of those two women contacted her following her December news conference. The Associated Press does not normally identify people who say they may have been victims of sexual assault.

The accuser’s mother said in her letter that she knows the governor has daughters and asked him to “put yourself in my shoes for a moment.”

Her daughter did not “fabricate” a rape, the woman wrote, and did not know Winston prior to Dec. 7, 2012.

“I want to tell you about my daughter with the hopes that you will see her as a real person and not just some name on a police report,” the mother wrote, adding that her daughter was heavily involved in school activities and was a leader on sports teams and student government. “I am hoping that this letter makes an impact on your decision and you direct FDLE to open an investigation into the Tallahassee Police Department’s handling of this matter. I will not give up on my daughter and will do everything in my power to see that everyone finds out the truth.”

The 20-year-old Winston became the second freshman to win the Heisman trophy given to college football’s most outstanding player. He joined Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke as the school’s three Heisman winners.

Winston led Florida State to its first undefeated season and national championship since 1999 after setting national freshman records for yards passing and touchdown passes. The Seminoles defeated Auburn 34-31 to capture the third national title in school history.

(AP Photo: This Jan. 6, 2014 file photo shows Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston warming up before the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Auburn in Pasadena, Calif.)

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