NFL star Antonio Brown has been accused of rape by his former personal trainer Britney Taylor.
Britney Taylor, who decided to waive her right to anonymity, said Antonio Brown had attacked her three times, according to a civil lawsuit she had filed.
Antonio Brown denied the allegations.
His new team, the New England Patriots, said the NFL was also launching an investigation.
The complaint states that the two met in a Bible study class in 2010.
Antonio Brown later hired Britney Taylor, who is a gymnast, in 2017 to improve her flexibility.
However, according to the case, the NFL player attacked her twice in training in June 2017 and she stopped working with him.
The lawsuit alleges that Antonio Brown “turned to Ms. Taylor, expressing grief, asking for forgiveness and asking her to train him again.”
It says she reluctantly agreed, but in May 2018 he raped her.
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Antonio Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement: “Mr Brown denies any allegations in the case.
“He will use all legal means to protect not only his name, but also to protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”
He added that “any interaction … was entirely consensual.”
Antonio Brown was in the press this week after publicly asking the Oakland Raiders to release him on Twitter and later receiving a reported $ 9 million signing bonus for the New England Patriots.
The Patriots play the Miami Dolphins on September 15 and it is unclear whether he will be on the team.
In response, Antonio Brown’s team said: “We take these allegations very seriously.
“Under no circumstances does this organization justify … violence or assault … We will have no further comments until this investigation is carried out.”