ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - The lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of rape called on Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to conduct an independent investigation into the incident and the Tallahassee Police Department.
At a Friday morning news conference in Zephyrhills, attorney Patricia Carroll ripped into state and police investigators, saying their work was an investigation "into a rape victim, not into a rape suspect."
Bondi has spoken with Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey about a possible formal request from Carroll to look into criminal allegations against TPD, according to a spokeswoman from Bondi's office. No formal request, however, has been received.
Authorities said allegations about elected officials, such as a state attorney, would be directed to the Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office.
During the news conference, Carroll also accused the state of altering medical records released to the media by omitting information about her client's injuries, including the term "sexual assault."
Carroll added that her client had symptoms similar to someone drugged with a so-called rape drug, saying she had memory loss, a strong headache and vomiting.
Carroll said she believes her client was drugged at bar with a shot of alcohol.
"We need to verify she was drugged because that's the only explanation for what happened that day," Carroll said she told Tallahassee police.
But, she said, her client's blood was never tested for rape drugs.
Carroll said two eyewitnesses who corroborated Winston's claim that he had a consensual sexual encounter with her client were football teammates, one of whom is his roommate.
"Their statements are patently false, soup to nuts," said Carroll, adding that they are "biased."
On Dec. 5, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs announced there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against the Heisman Trophy candidate, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story.
The accuser didn't identify Winston until about a month after the alleged assault.
Carroll said her client, a FSU student, is trying to get through final exams, arranged through special accommodations made by the university.
"She's not doing well, but she's a strong girl," said Carroll adding that her client leaving school has taken a toll on her. "She left for safety reasons."
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