TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An attorney said Florida State is investigating the sexual assault case involving Jameis Winston in an effort to determine if the Seminoles quarterback violated the student code of conduct policy.
Baine Kerr, one of the attorneys for the woman who said Winston sexually assaulted her, said Thursday the university interviewed his client “early last month.” He said “an investigation is ongoing.”
Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs did not bring charges against Winston in the case, saying last December that there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against him.
The university would not confirm the investigation but said in a release, “While we cannot comment on any individual case, in general, complainants control the timing in our process.”
Kerr disagreed with the implication that the interview occurred recently because of actions by his client, saying that the woman has been asking “Florida State to comply with federal law and expeditiously investigate and resolve her complaints.”
“I take issue with that statement as it applies to this particular complaint,” Kerr said. “She’s definitely been asking that this go forward. The timing has not been controlled by her or by us, however. We have for months said that she was willing to be formally interviewed as part of the disciplinary process and made her available.
“She has not been controlling the timing and she has consistently been asking for the investigation to be conducted as promptly as possible.”
The university is currently being investigated by the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights for possible Title IX violations after the woman filed a complaint. Florida State announced an initiative aimed at the prevention of sexual violence on Wednesday.