TAMPA, Fla. - Speaking from her home in Tampa Bay, the mother of the accuser in the Florida State University alleged sexual assault case was succinct and polite.
She told 10 News exclusively that her daughter "was not feeling well, and was running a fever" when we asked if the young woman wanted to make a statement and share her side of the story.
The accuser's mother said questions will be answered on Friday at a 10 a.m. press conference with the family attorney.
The alleged victim in this case accuses FSU quarterback Jameis Winston of raping her a year ago. However, the state attorney cited lack of evidence and declined to file sexual battery charges against Winston. The decision was announced last week at a press conference in Tallahassee.
However, that is clearly not the end of it.
We asked the accuser's mother about specific details, in particular what would be discussed at an upcoming press conference on Friday.
The FSU student's mother said, "It's gonna be good. I can't really say more than that. But, I can say it's gonna be good."
So, what exactly does that cryptic statement mean?
Many people are pondering that very question, and most lean toward the possibility of a civil lawsuit filed by the family, although that has not been confirmed.
10 News spoke with numerous attorneys, and they all agree that a civil lawsuit is the likely choice. "That would be the next natural step," said one lawyer. "The burden of proof is much lower."
The question is: if a civil suit is filed, who would be the defendant? Would it include Jameis Winston, the university, FSU Police and Tallahassee Police? Could the accuser go after Winston's future earnings?
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