Attorneys for Treon Harris on Thursday said the woman accusing the suspended Florida quarterback of sexual assault was “the sexual aggressor with not one, but two young men last Sunday morning.”
Harris, 19, was suspended by the University of Florida and the University Athletic Association on Monday when university police began an investigation into an accusation that Harris sexually assaulted a female student at an on-campus residence hall early Sunday morning.
He has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Harris’ Gainesville attorneys, Johnson & Osteryoung, are trying to dispel reports about Harris’ relationship with the woman and provide a clear picture of what happened.
“We know that an individual has given testimony to law enforcement that he had sexual relations with the alleged victim less than an hour before the alleged sexual conduct with our client took place,” Harris’ attorneys said in a statement. “In fact, testimony indicates that the young lady in question was the sexual aggressor in that interaction.”
Harris’ attorneys said they have provided multiple text messages and eyewitness accounts to the investigation. They said that information paints a picture of the accuser initiating interactions with Harris — while he was in Tennessee and again after the team plane landed in Gainesville — and another male student Saturday night and Sunday morning.
According to the attorneys, multiple witnesses saw Harris and the woman “smiling” and “holding hands” prior to returning to the Springs Residential Complex in a car driven by another female student “who was a friend of the alleged victim.”
The attorneys said Harris and the woman knew each other and had spent time together prior to the alleged incident. They also said Harris gave permission for evidence to be gathered from his dorm room, which is where “interaction between the two parties” took place.
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