Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has settled the federal lawsuit filed in 2019 by former trainer Britney Taylor that alleged Brown sexually assaulted her, according to a joint statement released by Browns’ representative Alana Burstyn and Taylor’s attorney David Haas on Wednesday.
The statement characterized the agreement as mutual and cordial:
“Antonio and Britney have been friends over a decade,” Burstyn said. “Several years ago they almost became business partners. Recently, they were involved in aggressive litigation. Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on. Antonio is grateful for Britney’s excellent training assistance. They are pleased that Antonio is doing so well with the Bucs and has a ring. Their dispute is resolved and they wish each other great continued success.”
Any financial terms of the settlement have not been released.
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— Haas Law (@HaasLawPLLC) April 21, 2021
According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of Florida on in September 2019, Brown “exploited, sexually assaulted, and raped” Taylor in June 2017 and May 2018, when he was still with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Taylor, who was a gymnast at Central Michigan from 2010-11 that Brown later hired as a trainer. Brown played at Central Michigan from 2007-09. The suit alleged that Brown exposed himself and kissed Taylor without her permission, and masturbated onto her in 2017 and then “forcibly” raped her in 2018.
An attorney representing Brown at the time the suit was filed denied the allegations and claimed that Taylor had been involved in a scheme to defraud Brown.
Brown was traded from the Steelers to the then-Oakland Raiders in March 2019, after the alleged incidents, but before they became public.
He was later released by the Raiders, signed and released New England Patriots and served an eight-game NFL suspension relating to the allegations in Taylor’s suit and other legal issues before signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October and going on to win Super Bowl LV with Tampa.