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NFL star Jameis Winston threatens law suit over CNN rape doc

NFL star Jameis Winston’s lawyers wrote in a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker, as obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, “We are writing to formally caution CNN that the portions of the film ‘The Hunting Ground’ pertaining to Mr. Winston are false and defamatory to Mr. Winston. We urge CNN to reconsider the reckless decision to proceed with the broadcast of this deeply-flawed documentary in the face of the overwhelming evidence the film’s producers consciously and intentionally failed to adhere to any accepted journalistic standards.”

Winston was accused of rape by Erica Kinsman during the football player’s Heisman Trophy season.

As THR notes, Hunting Ground spotlights Kinsman coming forward to speak publicly for the first time about what Winston allegedly did to her, as well as the ensuing investigations.

Concludes Winston’s counsel, “CNN may have persuaded itself that Mr. Winston’s status as a public figure insulates your company from a libel judgment. If CNN decides to proceed with this broadcast, we will perhaps have the opportunity to test that legal proposition in a court of law.”


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