Embattled New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is being accused by a second woman of sexual misconduct after being sued last week for allegedly sexually assaulting and raping a former trainer in 2017 and 2018.
After interviewing dozens of Brown’s former employees, coaches, and teammates in addition to reviewing police and court documents, Sports Illustrated released a report on Monday detailing the 31-year-old NFL star’s bizarre behavior. Most significantly, Brown is accused of disrobing and cornering a female artist whom he had hired to work in his Pennsylvania home in 2017, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brown was already facing allegations of rape and sexual assault made by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, in a lawsuit that came to light on Tuesday. Taylor is scheduled to meet with the NFL to give her side of the story on Monday.
Through his attorney, Brown denied Taylor’s allegations, and is now denying the claims made by the unidentified artist.
‘Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities,’ read a statement attorney Darren Heitner posted on Twitter. ‘There will be no further comment at this time.’
In the SI report, Brown is also accused of refusing to pay many former employees, such as trainers and nutritionists, and he once allegedly passed gas in the face of a doctor who was examining him at the time. SI reports that Brown is currently facing a half-dozen lawsuits, most of which involve his unpaid bills.
Brown debuted for the Patriots on Sunday, catching his first touchdown pass from Tom Brady in a 43-0 win over the Dolphins in his native Miami.
Embattled New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is being accused by a second woman of sexual misconduct after being sued last week for allegedly sexually assaulting and raping a former trainer in 2017 and 2018
An unidentified female artist claims Brown sexually harassed her at his home in 2017 after he bought a painting of hers at a charity auction. In this photo from that event, Brown is seen standing alongside a painting of himself and late Steelers owner Dan Rooney. It is not known if this is the aforementioned painting that Brown allegedly bid on before paying the artist to paint a mural of himself at his mansion in suburban Pittsburgh
Britney Taylor (left) claims she was sexually assaulted by Brown (near right) on three occasions. Through his lawyer, Darren Heitner, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus (far right), Brown has denied the accusations and is insisting that his accuser is seeking a payday. Now Sports Illustrated is reporting that another woman is accusing Brown of sexual misconduct
Brown made his debut for the Patriots on Sunday, catching his first TD pass from Tom Brady
The artist who claims to have been sexually harassed by Brown is not suing or pressing charges, nor did she permit SI to reveal her identity in Monday’s report.
She claims that in 2017, after Brown hosted a charity softball game to benefit the National Youth Foundation, he offered the winning bid on a portrait of himself, which she had painted.
Organizers took Brown at his word that he would pay the $700 for the painting at a later date, given the fact that he was a wealthy NFL player.
Brown was so infatuated with the painting that he hired the woman to work at his mansion and even paid a driver to take her from New York to the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
At first, the woman said, Brown was flirtatious with her, even as he brought other women in and out of the house.
Chelsie Kyriss (left) and longtime boyfriend Antonio Brown pose backstage at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Sports Awards in 2018
As the mural progressed, Brown posted shots of her work on social media.
‘It was very exciting, to have this person interested in my work,’ she told SI. ‘He acted like he trusted me and he let me do my thing.’
It was on the second day that the woman says she was approached by a naked Brown, who was covering his penis with a hand towel.
‘He was flirty with me but I paid him no mind because I was there on business, plus, I had already seen him with multiple girls in the short time I was with him,’ she said. ‘I was about 40 percent done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me.
‘Unfortunately, I’ve been tried [by men] a lot of times, so I just kept my cool and kept painting,’ she continued. ‘After that, it all ended abruptly.’
Brown left for his native Miami the next day, and although he paid her for the two days she spent in Western Pennsylvania, the charity was never given the $700 payment for the painting.
‘We didn’t want to sue,’ NYF co-founder Sophia Hanson told SI, ‘because our mission is all about seeing the good in people and lifting people up. Part of me has to believe that at some point, one of these grown men are going to realize that they shouldn’t be stealing from a charity run by black women benefiting children. I have to believe that.’
In a separate allegation, Dr. Victor Prisk (pictured), who runs who runs Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness (POW) outside Pittsburgh, claimed that he reluctantly took Brown on as a client in August of 2018. Brown then showed up three hours later for their first meeting, and repeatedly passed gas in Prisk’s vicinity during the examination
In a separate allegation, Dr. Victor Prisk, who runs who runs Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness (POW) outside Pittsburgh, claimed that he reluctantly took Brown on as a client in August of 2018.
Brown then showed up three hours later for their first meeting, and repeatedly passed gas in Prisk’s vicinity during the examination.
Later, video of that encounter made its way to social media.
‘It seemed just childish to me,’ Prisk says now. ‘I’m a doctor and this man is farting in my face.’
Prisk claims Brown agreed to pay him $500 per hour, but ultimately stiffed the orthopaedist.
‘In his very first meeting with me he said, ‘I want to get you on salary, I want you on my team,’ Prisk told SI. ‘Then he’s like, “We need to build this downtown. POW 2!”‘
‘I’m like, O.K., that’s cool. Found a building, had somebody put together a sales agreement for the building. Don’t hear anything back. Then he says, “I’m going to connect you with a treadmill company I work with. We’re gonna get you a couple treadmills for your gym.” AB stops talking to that guy and then I’m told they’re not giving me a treadmill.’
Prisk filed a lawsuit in September seeking $11,500 from Brown.
‘He tells you he’s going to make it totally worth your while,’ said Prisk. ‘He’s gonna invest in your business, invest in you. You’re part of my family. Call God and all that. But he doesn’t do that, and he doesn’t even pay the bill.’
In this handout image provided by Disney, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes (right) shows off his culinary skills during a cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Stefano ‘Chef Steff’ Tedeschi, who is now suing another former Steelers receiver, Antonio Brown, for an unpaid $38,500 catering bill
Prisk is just one of many former employees and contractors who have sued Brown in recent years.
The SI report also referenced a civil complaint filed by chef Stefano Tedeschi, who was hired by Brown for party at a rented mansion in Orlando.
During the event, Brown was heard using derogatory language toward his staff, allegedly saying ‘get those mother***ing crackers out of here.’ (Brown allegedly used the same term with Oakland Raiders general manager before being released by the team on September 7 and subsequently signing with the Patriots hours later)
One staffer complained to Brown’s girlfriend, Chelsie Kyriss.
Afterwards one of Brown’s assistants allegedly told Tedeschi: ‘When you speak to Mr. Brown you don’t look him in the eye.’
Ultimately Brown refused to pay the $38,500 bill, and later accused Tedeschi of making a mafia-style threat against him by leaving a salmon head in the freezer.
Trainer Sean Pena is suing Brown for $7,200 in unpaid wages, while Robert Leo, a car detailer worked for Brown, claims he is still owed $16,000 for expenses he incurred while working for the All-Pro receiver.
Jeff Leung of Aqua World Pet Super Center in Pittsburgh claimed he installed a 220-gallon piranha tank at Brown’s home in June of 2018 only to get called back to the home in December, when the rotting tank was covered in algae and emitting a pungent odor of decaying piranha.
Brown still owes Leung over $2,000, according to his attorney, and is also considering a lawsuit.
Trainer Sean Pena is one of several former employees currently suing Antonio Brown
According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Taylor says she was hired by Brown as a personal trainer in 2017 – alleging that first instance of sexual assault took place during a training session that June.
Taylor, a gymnast who first met Brown while they were both studying at Central Michigan University, says the 31-year-old ‘exposed himself and kissed [her] without consent,’ according to documents obtained by DailyMail.com.
Taylor, pictured in 2013, is a competitive gymnast in addition to working as a trainer
She also described a second alleged incident ‘later that same month’, in which Brown is said to have stood behind her and masturbated while she was watching television. Unaware of what he was doing, Taylor said she was surprised when Brown then ‘ejaculated on her back,’ according to the lawsuit.
Filed in federal court in Florida, the lawsuit claims Brown bragged to Taylor about carrying out the purported assault in ‘profane and angry text messages.’
As a result, Taylor, 28, ended her working relationship with Brown. However, several months later, when the Patriot’s wide receiver contacted her and ‘begged for forgiveness’, she agreed to relent, ‘swayed by his assurance that he would cease any sexual advances’.
But on May 20, 2018, Taylor says Brown assaulted her once more, this time pinning her only a bed, forcing her face into a mattress and ‘forcibly’ raping her.
Taylor said she tried to escape Brown’s hold, repeatedly screaming ‘no and stop’ at him, but the desperate cries allegedly fell on deaf ears and Brown was ‘too strong and physically overpowered her.’
According to the documents, Brown then refused to get off of her and then penetrated her.
‘As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,’ Taylor said in a statement released by her lawyer. ‘I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.’
Filed in federal court in Florida, the lawsuit claims Brown bragged to Taylor about carrying out the purported assault in ‘profane and angry text messages’
Taylor added that she’s willing to cooperate with the NFL in any subsequent investigation. It’s not yet clear whether she’s reported her accusations to the police.
Heitner, Brown’s lawyer, tweeted a statement out on behalf of Brown on Tuesday evening, saying that his client ‘denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit.’
In a later message, he added his client ‘will leave no stone unturned and will aggressively defend himself, including exercising all of his rights in countersuits.’
Brown and Taylor pictured during training session. She says he exposed himself without her consent and once ejaculated on her back after masturbating behind her
Taylor is a former gymnast who competed for the Central Michigan University, where Brown played college football, as well as at Louisiana State.
Describing herself as a ‘world-class gymnast’ in her suit, Taylor now owns a gym of her own in Tennessee where she trains young gymnasts.
She is seeking compensation for ‘physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, stress, anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering.’
Taylor says she’s been left so traumatized as a result of the three alleged attacks she’s suffered ‘near-daily panic attacks, frequent suicidal ideations, and insomnia. She has also lost a remarkable amount of weight – 30 pounds in one month – due to stress.’
The lawsuit came in the wake of Brown’s unsavory exit from the Oakland Raiders, where he was released after feuding with Mayock over fines.
He also recorded a heated phone conversation with head coach Jon Gruden – who was unaware he was being recorded – and posted it on social media.
ANTONIO BROWN TIMELINE
Antonio Brown’s tenure in Oakland without him playing a single game
2010-2018 – After being picked out of Central Michigan in the 2010 NFL Draft, Antonio Brown becomes a star receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, earning seven Pro Bowl selections
June of 2017 – Brown allegedly exposes his penis to trainer Britney Taylor at his home in Pittsburgh and later, she claims, he masturbated near her without her knowledge or consent before ejaculating on her back
May 20, 2018 – Brown allegedly raped Taylor at his Miami home
October 2018 – Brown is accused in a pair of lawsuits of throwing furniture off the balcony of a South Florida apartment and causing ’emotional distress’ to a two-year-old boy who was nearly hit by the debris
November 2018 – Brown is cited for driving over 100 mph in his Porsche while on his way to a game
December 31, 2018 – A day after Brown missed a game against the rival Cincinnati Bengals with a supposed knee problem, it is revealed he was actually benched following a heated argument with teammates
News of the lawsuit against Brown came just two days after All-Pro wide receiver signed a contract with the New England Patriots worth $15 million
February 6, 2019 – Amid a custody battle, Brown is accused of pushing the mother of his daughter to the ground as she dropped off the child at his Miami home
March 9, 2019 – After demanding a trade, Brown is dealt to the Oakland Raiders, who give him a new three-year, $50 million deal with $30 million in guarantees
August 3, 2019 – In a bizarre incident, Brown ‘burns’ his feet in a cryotherapy session and goes on to miss 10 out of the next 11 training camp practices
August 9, 2019 – Brown files a grievance to be allowed to use his old helmet, which is no longer approved by the NFL. Raiders inform him he will be fined for any unexcused absences
Brown missed a substantial portion of training camp after ‘burning’ his feet during a cryotherapy session
September 4, 2019 – Raiders general manager Mike Mayock fines Brown a combined $54,000 for two unexcused absences. Brown posts the picture of the letter from Mayock on Instagram. Earlier in the day, Brown settled his helmet dilemma, and even declared on Instagram that the ‘helmet drama’ was over
September 5, 2019 – Brown confronts Mayock and reportedly calls him a ‘cracker’ before punting a football in anger. Afterwards reports of an imminent suspension surfaced
September 6, 2019 – Brown makes an emotional apology to teammates; coach Jon Gruden announces he will play against the Denver Broncos in the opener
September 7, 2019 – After learning that the Raiders voided $30 million in guarantees in his contract, Brown demands his release on social media. Mayock complies, and by the end of the day, Brown signs a new one-year deal with the New England Patriots for $15 million
September 10, 2019 – It is revealed that Brown is being accused of rape and sexual assault by Taylor
September 11, 2019 – Brown suits up for his first Patriots practice
September 15, 2019 – Making his Patriots debut, Brown catches his first touchdown pass from Tom Brady in a 43-0 win over his hometown Miami Dolphins