Britney Taylor, the woman who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by ex-Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown on three separate occasions dating back to 2017, has dropped her federal civil lawsuit against Brown and will pursue action in Florida state court, according to court documents released Wednesday.
NEW: Antonio Brown's accuser, Britney Taylor drops her federal civil complaint accusing Brown of sexual assault and rape, and says she intends to purse her action in state court in Florida.@boston25 pic.twitter.com/d95FU3GWeQ— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) October 9, 2019
None of this means that Brown is suddenly innocent (or guilty for that matter), but rather that Taylor and her team have decided that going through Florida state court opposed to federal court is their best play at the justice they seek.
In addition to moving from federal to state, Taylor’s team has also added three additional counts to their lawsuit against Brown, with two new assault charges and an additional battery charge.
Taylor’s new lawsuit also includes a series of text messages allegedly sent to “#TimesUpNow” on Jan. 6, 2019. These text messages were not included in Taylor’s original lawsuit against Brown.
Taylor has also added additional counsel to her legal team, which is another reason for the decision to refile in Florida.
The Patriots, for what it’s worth, seemed to support Brown throughout his round of trouble with Taylor’s lawsuit. It wasn’t until a second accuser came forward, and after Brown sent that anonymous second accuser a series of intimidating text messages, that Robert Kraft and the Patriots finally severed ties with the problematic 31-year-old wideout.
Brown, who has not signed with anybody since being cut by the Patriots on Sept. 20, has returned to Central Michigan University, and recently made his case to return to the Patriots to his Instagram followers.