Jameis Winston Threatens to Sue CNN For Defamation Over Documentary

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston Threatens to Sue CNN For Defamation Over Documentary

Buccaneers QB believes he's the one being hunted in The Hunting Ground.

Published November 23, 2015

Jameis Winston tied an NFL rookie record Sunday for throwing five touchdown passes in a game.

If only the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback's night went as smoothly.

ESPN is reporting that Winston is prepared to sue CNN over the Sunday airing of The Hunting Ground documentary, which in part highlighted the quarterback's rape case at Florida State and even interviewed his accuser, Erica Kinsman.

"We are writing to formally caution CNN that the portions of the film The Hunting Ground pertaining to Mr. Winston are false and defamatory to Mr. Winston," the letter from Winston's attorney to CNN read, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. "We urge CNN to reconsider the reckless decision to proceed with the broadcast of this deeply-flawed documentary in the face of the overwhelming evidence the film's producers consciously and intentionally failed to adhere to any accepted journalistic standards."

Kinsman accused Winston of raping her in December 2012, although the quarterback was never charged. During a Florida State conduct hearing, Winston read a statement saying he "did not rape or sexually assault" Kinsman, but declined to answer questions. A judge ruled the evidence was insufficient and instead found Winston guilty of four violations of FSU's conduct code.

In response, Kinsman filed a civil lawsuit against Winston earlier this year in addition to a Title IX lawsuit against the school. The quarterback filed a countersuit against Kinsman, again denying any wrongdoing.

Although The Hunting Ground documentary generated positive reviews after its Sundance Film Festival premiere earlier this year, Winston's lawyer charges that it "manipulates, misstates or simply omits facts to present a false narrative."

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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