Lawyer: Florida State investigating Jameis Winston

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FSU Opens New Probe Into Jameis Winston Assault Allegations


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- An attorney said Florida State is investigating the sexual assault case involving Jameis Winston in an effort to determine if the Seminoles quarterback violated the student code of conduct policy.

Baine Kerr, one of the attorneys for the woman who said Winston sexually assaulted her, said Thursday the university interviewed his client "early last month." He said "an investigation is ongoing."

Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs did not bring charges against Winston in the case, saying last December that there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against him.

The university would not confirm the investigation but said in a release, "While we cannot comment on any individual case, in general, complainants control the timing in our process."

Kerr disagreed with the implication that the interview occurred recently because of actions by his client, saying that the woman has been asking "Florida State to comply with federal law and expeditiously investigate and resolve her complaints."

"I take issue with that statement as it applies to this particular complaint," Kerr said. "She's definitely been asking that this go forward. The timing has not been controlled by her or by us, however. We have for months said that she was willing to be formally interviewed as part of the disciplinary process and made her available.

"She has not been controlling the timing and she has consistently been asking for the investigation to be conducted as promptly as possible."

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFLPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback (3) Jameis Winston is interviewed at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Jeff Lewis/AP Images for NFLPA)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston calls out a play during drills in an NFL rookie minicamp in Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft pick Jameis Winston holds up his jersey during a news conference Friday, May 1, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Winston, a former Florida State quarterback, was the first overall pick. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 21: Quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State looks to throw a pass during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
James Winston reacts with his grandmother Myrtle Winston to learning he is the first pick in the NFL draft Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Bessemer, Ala. Winston was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles passes against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half of the Advocare Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Florida St. football player Jameis Winston attends the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - April 4, 2014: Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston signs autographs prior to Florida State baseball game versus Notre Dame. Winston plays outfield, is a switch hitter, and the closing pitcher for the Seminoles. (Photo by Mickey Adair/ Getty Images)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wins the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award during a press conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (Richard W Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - APRIL 12: Jameis Winston #5 of the Garnet team signs autographs for fans following Florida State's Garnet and Gold spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 12, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30: (L-R) Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles talks with Jameis Winston #5 in the fourth quarter of play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston holds the BCS trophy with Kelvin Benjamin looking on at the BCS Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. FSU won, 34-31. (Joe Burbank/MCT via Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - DECEMBER 5: State Attorney William Meggs addresses the media about the finding on the alleged sexual assault case involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston on December 5, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. The State Attorney's office concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute Winston. Winston, a Heisman Trophy favorite, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in December of 2012 and had been under investigation since November 13. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - DECEMBER 5: Attorney Timothy Jansen address the media about the finding on the Alleged Sexual Assault Case involving his client Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston on December 5, 2013 in front of the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida. The State of Florida said that there were not enough evidence to win a conviction on Winston. Winston, a Heisman Trophy candidate will not be charged with sexually assaulting a women who accused him of raping her a year ago. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - DECEMBER 5: Six Jameis Winston supporters celebrates during Attorney Timothy Jansen address the media about the finding on the Alleged Sexual Assault Case involving his client Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston on December 5, 2013 in front of the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida. The State of Florida said that there were not enough evidence to win a conviction on Winston. Winston, a Heisman Trophy candidate will not be charged with sexually assaulting a women who accused him of raping her a year ago. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates at the end of the BCS Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. FSU won, 34-31. (Joe Burbank/MCT via Getty Images)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wins the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award during a press conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (Richard W Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Jameis Winston, quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles, speaks after being named the 79th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during the 2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Best Buy Theater on December 14, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: Photographer approval needed for all Commercial License requests. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images for the Heisman Trust)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is interviewed and photographed during the BCS Championship Game Media Day at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles takes the field prior to the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates on stage after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Duke Blue Devils during the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles walks off the field after the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida State won 37-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles as he enter the stadium before the game against the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. 2nd Ranked Florida State defeated Idaho 80 to 14. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 6: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles during his weekly press conference in the Moore Athletic Center on the campus of FSU on November 6, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 02: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles looks on during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates after a 41-14 victory against Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after losing 59-20 to the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The university is currently being investigated by the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights for possible Title IX violations after the woman filed a complaint. Florida State announced an initiative aimed at the prevention of sexual violence on Wednesday.

Kerr said the woman was interviewed by a formal Title IX investigator from the Florida State Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

"We expect that there will be charges filed and see no reason at this point for delaying those," Kerr said.

Attorney David Cornwell, an adviser to Winston's family, had a different perspective.

"The real story here is that after her Colorado attorneys created a media frenzy alleging that Florida State University failed to comply with its Title IX obligations, (the woman) had to come clean and admit that she previously refused to cooperate with the university's Title IX inquiry," Cornwell said in a statement.

"Now that she has finally done her Title IX interview, this is the fourth time (the woman) has told her story. We anticipate the same conclusion that followed her previous three statements to the Tallahassee Police Department, Florida's State Attorney's Office and in the FSU Code of Student Conduct hearing. Jameis Winston did not sexually assault" the woman.

Winston is expected to play Saturday against The Citadel.

"This team just moves on," coach Jimbo Fisher said after Thursday's practice. "I have no idea how that'll go or what it's about. That's for other people to find out. We're just here playing ball."

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