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.
“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.”
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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.
"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.
“I want these guys as fresh as possible obviously for these next two weeks,” Pederson said. “I got to think of the big picture here obviously and keeping guys this early in our season and keeping guys as fresh as possible now, so we can make a push later in the season – thats also a factor in this decision.”
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.”
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Prosecutors in Pittsburgh are declining to investigate a sexual assault claim made against New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown related to the civil suit filed against him by a fitness trainer, citing a statute of limitations.
“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 DA told NFL Network in response to an inquiry. “Procedurally, it appears there is a statute of limitations issue moving forward with any inquiry involving the Allegheny County allegation mentioned in the lawsuit.”
The Allegheny County District Attorneys Office told NFL Network and ESPN that police officers had reached out to Britney Taylor, who accuses Brown of three instances of sexual assault, including forcible rape.
The final time came almost a year later where she says Brown forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her. Taylor tried to resist him, according to the lawsuit, screaming and shouting no and stop repeatedly. Brown allegedly refused.
Taylor claims that two of the incidents happened in Miami and the third in Browns Pittsburgh home in June 2017, which was the accusation of interest for Pittsburgh law enforcement.
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According to the reports, the district attorneys office is declining to pursue criminal charges because the alleged incident happened more than two years ago.
Two of the incidents mentioned in the lawsuit reportedly happened in Florida, while the other incident happened in Pittsburgh, where he allegedly walked in [to a bathroom] with his penis exposed and then grabbed and kissed [Taylor] without her consent.
Our office, along with the Allegheny County Police Department, made contact with counsel for the plaintiff in the federal lawsuit involving Antonio Brown, a statement from the DAs office read.
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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.
Taylor accuses Brown of exposing his penis and kissing her without consent while she was in Browns home in June 2017. Taylor was working for Brown as a personal trainer.
According to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport, the Allegheny County district attorney told Taylors attorney that there is a statute of limitations issue with the accusations that stemmed from incidents in 2017. Brown was accused of exposing himself to Taylor and masturbating in her presence in 2017 when she worked as his trainer.
News of the lawsuit broke after Brown had been released from the Oakland Raiders and signed with the Patriots.
The NFL is investigating the claims and sent a representative to interview Taylor on Monday. The league has not taken disciplinary action, but commissioner Roger Goodell could place Brown on the the commissioners exempt list, which would prohibit Brown from playing but still allow him to receive game checks.
Brown made his Patriots debut last Sunday, tallying four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in a 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins.
The 2017 allegations affected by the statute of limitations findings do not include the most serious accusation included in Taylors lawsuit. Brown still remains accused of raping his former trainer at his home in Miami in 2018.
Since Taylors lawsuit and Browns Patriots debut, another accusation has surfaced. An anonymous woman told Sports Illustrated that Brown approached her while naked when she was in his Florida home to paint a mural he had commissioned.
As of Wednesday, Brown is expected to play in New Englands upcoming Sunday matchup against the New York Jets.