Uber driver suing Jameis Winston over alleged groping incident

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The female Uber driver Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston allegedly groped in March 2016 filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, detailing the incident that led the National Football League to suspend Winston for the first three games of this season.

The woman accusing Winston, identified as "Kate P." in the court documents, is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, per Baker.

The woman says she took them to a drive-thru restaurant. and while waiting for the food to arrive, Jameis leaned over and "placed his fingers between her legs and pressed them firmly against her vagina over her yoga trousers".

Winston is expected to return from his 3-game suspension following next week, but it doesn't look like he'll have his starting job back as Ryan Fitzpatrick is the man now in Tampa.

A call to the Buccaneers offices after business hours on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

The Associated Press does not generally name people who allege they are victims of sexual assault.

The eight-month investigation found that Winston touched the woman "in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent", The Tampa Bay Times reported.

The driver contacted Uber the next day to report the incident.

Winston initially denied the accusations, but he issued an apology after his suspension was announced. "The league also examined an extensive amount of other evidence, including telephone records, business records, data from electronic devices and other communications".

The suit comes as Winston - who has not been charged in connection with the incident - approaches the final game of the suspension, and with the team off to a 2-0 start. But he would not discuss specifics of the Uber ride he took during the winter after his rookie season. It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize. "All I can do is grow and learn from that". Due to the short preparation week, it could make sense to keep Fitzpatrick as the starter, especially since they have a bye in Week 5, which would be a natural time to make a change.

Winston was accused of raping a fellow student at FSU, but never charged.

Earlier that year, Florida State agreed to pay Kinsman $950,000 as part of a Title IX lawsuit she filed against the university. He is set to earn $20.9 million in 2019.

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