A detective had contacted Brown’s former trainer who made the claims, Britney Taylor, after the allegations became public last week. But since the allegations are more than the prescribed two-year limit, there won’t be an investigation.
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Taylor brought a civil suit against Brown for the 2017 incident. No criminal lawsuits have yet been brought against the athlete.
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"Our office, along with the Allegheny County Police Department, made contact with counsel for the plaintiff in the federal lawsuit involving Antonio Brown,” the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office told ESPN Wednesday. “Procedurally, it appears there is a statute of limitations issue in moving forward with any inquiry involving the Allegheny County allegation mentioned in the lawsuit."
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown watches from the sidelines during the second half of the teams NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Brown, who was released by the Raiders last week and is now with the New England Patriots, has been accused of rape by a former trainer. Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Southern District of Florida. Brown has denied the allegations (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
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Taylor’s lawsuit said that Brown sexually assaulted her on three separate incidents, one of which occurred in the Pittsburgh area in 2017, where Brown played for the Steelers for nine years. Two alleged incidents were in June of 2017 and one allegedly occurred in May 2018. Two took place in Florida.
The NFL interviewed Taylor for 10 hours on Monday, though it’s unclear if Brown will interview with the league as well.
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Brown and Taylor met while they both attended Central Michigan University and then he hired her as a personal trainer. Three days after he was released by the Oakland Raiders and signed with the New England Patriots, Taylor came forward with the lawsuit. Brown and Taylor had been in confidential settlement discussions months before the lawsuit surfaced. ESPN reported those talks had included a $2 million settlement Brown declined.
Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement last week that Brown and Taylor had been involved in a “consensual personal relationship.”
A second woman accused Brown of sexual misconduct on Monday. An unnamed artist alleged Brown exposed himself to her while she was working on a mural for him at his Pittsburgh home in 2017.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown wont be prosecuted on sexual assault accusations because of the statute of limitations, according to Pittsburgh-area law enforcement.
The lawsuit contends Brown in June 2017 exposed himself and kissed Britney Taylor without her consent inside one of Brown’s homes in the Pittsburgh area. Brown owns a home in Pine.
“Our office, along with the Allegheny County Police Department, made contact with counsel for the plaintiff in the federal lawsuit involving Antonio Brown,” the Allegheny County District Attorneys Office wrote in a statement. “Procedurally, it appears there is a statute of limitations issue in moving forward with any inquiry involving the Allegheny County allegation mentioned in the lawsuit.”
The NFL has interviewed Taylor and continues to investigate, but it is not known whether the league will interview Brown.
Taylor claims Brown sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions, including once in Pittsburgh, where the wide receiver played for the Steelers for nine seasons, and twice in Florida.
Last week, Zappala said his office would investigate the allegations made against Brown in a federal lawsuit filed by a former personal trainer.
ESPN also has reported that Brown, who hired Taylor as a trainer after they attended Central Michigan at the same time, turned down a $2 million settlement before the suit was filed.
Confidential discussions between the two parties were held, and it was determined the Patriots would not have known about the allegations unless terms of the confidentiality had been breached.
Darren Heitner, Browns attorney, said in a statement last week that his client had been in a “consensual personal relationship” with Taylor.