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Antonio Brown rape accuser to meet with the NFL Monday

Patriots: New England Nation

BOSTON (AP) — The NFL plans to meet Monday with a woman who says she was raped by New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The alleged victim accused Brown of rape and sexual assault in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. Brown has denied the allegations by his former trainer.

Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, said Brown and his former trainer had “a consensual personal relationship.” He told the AP on Tuesday his client plans to countersue.

The Boston Globe first reported the meeting.

Brown made a big splash in his Patriots debut, catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady late in the first half at Miami. Brown celebrated by leaping into the first row of the stands.

He led the Patriots with four catches for 56 yards at halftime, and they were ahead 13-0.

Brown suited up wearing No. 17 after he wasn’t placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

No criminal charges have been filed and the NFL hasn’t fully developed its investigation, so Brown was able to play for the Patriots, who acquired him after he requested and was released by Oakland.

Players on the exempt list can’t play in games or practice with a team but are still paid. A player can be placed on the exempt list at any point.

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” the victim said in a statement. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.”

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