Lawyers for Winston, Kinsman unhappy on eve of documentary

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jameis Winston Is Threatening To Sue CNN To Prevent Airing Of College Rape Documentary.

Sexual assault on college campuses is a major problem, and several high profile cases have brought national attention to the crisis and its accompanying administrative cover ups.

NFL star Jameis Winston is threatening to sue CNN if the network goes ahead with its airing of ”The Hunting Ground,” a controversial documentary about campus sexual assault. “We are writing to formally caution CNN that the portions of the film ‘The Hunting Ground’ pertaining to Mr. Not only is on-campus sexual assault widespread—according to a study, 1 in 4 college women will be a victim of a sexual assault—but it’s consistently ignored by college administrations. Winston,” a letter from Wintson’s attorney John Boudet to Jeff Zucker and obtained by the Hollywood Reporter states. “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.” TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws the ball in pregame warmups prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) Winston, currently the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was accused of rape by Erica Kinsman while he was a student at Florida State University. While stressing Florida State does not tolerate rape, President John Thrasher wrote in a statement the film “contains major distortions and glaring omissions to support its simplistic narrative that colleges and universities are to blame for our national sexual assault crisis.” Winston’s attorney and FSU both cite an email from film producer Amy Herdy to one of Winston rape accuser Erica Kinsman’s attorneys that states, “We don’t operate the same way as journalists — this film project very much is in the corner of advocacy for the victims, so there would be no need to get the perpetrator’s side.” Another email stated the filmmakers planned to “ambush” Winston with cameras after he declined to be interviewed for the film. The Hunting Ground is scheduled to premier tomorrow on CNN, and it features his accuser Erica Kinsman coming forward to speak publicly for the first time since accusing Winston.

The film is about the crisis as a whole, not just Winston’s case, but his is particularly telling of the power structures in play, so it naturally gets attention. They defended the accuracy of their film during interviews and updates posted on the film’s twitter account. “The facts make them look bad, so they don’t want people to see the film on @CNN.

When your lawyers’ letters written on Friday are somehow getting printed in the media on Saturday, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s going on. His latest attack is an attempt to revive his lawyers’ media themes and, as expected, shows no understanding of rape trauma and misrepresents the actual evidence.

Winston was never charged with a crime after an investigation by state attorney Willie Meggs, who noted delays and unusual actions taken by the Tallahassee police were factors in his decision.

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