In an interview with ABC News, Pat Carroll, the attorney for Jameis Winston's alleged rape victim, said that she "absolutely" plans to file a civil lawsuit against the Winston — FSU's star quarterback and recent Heisman Trophy winner, whose recent sexual assault investigation was recently dropped — as well as against the Tallahassee Police Department.

Winston's accuser alleges that he raped her in December 2012 (Winston's attorney maintains that the two had consensual sex). The accuser called the police roughly two hours after her assault; when they arrived, they took a rape kit and interviewed her. According to her account, after she identified Winston as her attacker a few days later, one of the detectives working on the case told her attorney that "Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."

The victim's family claims that the detective also originally refused to collect Winston's DNA or interview his roommate, a possible witness.