By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Britney Taylor, the woman behind the civil lawsuit accusing Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions (the third reportedly happening at Brown's Miami-area home in 2018), did not report the incident to the Miami-Dade or Miami Beach police, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
"The Special Victims Bureau does not have any records of a sexual assault reported by the alleged victim, nor any reports where Antonio Brown is subject," a spokesperson from the Miami-Dade police told the paper.
That claim was supported by the Miami-Date State Attorney's office.
“As criminal prosecutors, we always encourage all victims of sexual assaults to report these matters to the police for proper investigation,” a statement from Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office spokesman Ed Griffith, read. “Having reviewed our records, we found no prior police investigative contacts regarding these allegations or these individuals. We will be reaching out to the pertinent police agencies to determine if they had any prior contacts or investigations. If such police investigations exist, we would certainly be interested in those reports and any related evidence gathered.”
This doesn't mean that the alleged incident did not happen, of course, but rather that Taylor did not report the incident to the police before moving ahead with her civil lawsuit. Taylor seemingly alluded to her inability to speak up regarding the alleged incidents in her statement released on Tuesday night.
“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision," Taylor's statement read. "I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape. I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.”
Taylor will reportedly meet with the National Football League next week, which is the earliest she can because of her upcoming wedding, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.