No charges against Winston, lawyer denies wrongdoing
FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston is being investigated in a sexual-battery case filed with Tallahassee police in December 2012.
No charges have been filed against Winston and the investigation remains active. An attorney representing Winston denied the allegation.
The complaint was filed Dec. 7, 2012, according to TPD reports. The complainant is cooperating with the State Attorney’s Office, said Officer David Northway, spokesman for TPD.
Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen said he is representing Winston.
“This case has been going on for over a year. The case was basically closed and we’re not sure why it’s opened up,” Jansen said. “We’ve been cooperating with the law-enforcement agencies and we’re hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.”
Jansen said he was told by Tallahassee police last February, about a week after they first contacted him, that the case had been closed. “I talked to the police officer,” Jansen said. “He said the case had been closed. I don’t know of any reason for reopening it.”
He said he found out Monday that a media outlet had requested relevant police records last Friday.
The FSU Athletic Department issued a statement before Winston spoke to reporters Wednesday evening — a session restricted to questions about football only.
“There is no change in Jameis Winston’s status,” on the team, said the statement, attributed to Associate Athletic Director Rob Wilson.
“Because the investigation has not been closed by TPD, we cannot comment further at this time,” the statement said. “We look forward to a speedy resolution of the issue. … Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Jameis will be answering questions about football only until there is a resolution.”
At the site of his weekly radio show Wednesday night, Fisher did not mention the allegations. But he said of Winston: “I think the world of the young man. Always have.”
Jansen said he provided eyewitness affidavits Tuesday to the state attorney. Though he would not disclose the details of the affidavits, Jansen said, “They’re witnesses who were present who can provide vital information.”
— Democrat’s Ira Schoffel and USA Today’s George Schroeder contributed