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FSU settles suit with woman who accused Winston of rape

Joe Reedy
Associated Press

Florida State University will pay Erica Kinsman $250,000 and her attorneys $700,000, university President John Thrasher said in a news release. He said FSU is settling to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit.

In this Dec. 2, 2014, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State's Materials Research building for his student Conduct code hearing,  in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State University said Monday it's settling a lawsuit with a former student who said the school failed to respond when she accused former star quarterback Jameis Winston of rape.

“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 in the release.

As part of the settlement, FSU is making a five-year commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention.

The Associated Press doesn’t routinely identify people who say they’re sexual assault victims, but Kinsman told her story publicly in a documentary.