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New Winston accuser hires Kinsman attorney

The unnamed female Uber driver who has accused Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston of groping her in Arizona in 2016 has hired a familiar name to represent her: John Clune, who represented Zephyrhills' Erica Kinsman in her civil lawsuit against Winston.

"I have been retained by the Uber driver who reported Mr. Winston sexually assaulting her in 2016," Clune wrote on Twitter. "I would not anticipate any further interviews from her or lawsuits unless provoked by Mr. Winston."

The driver told Buzzfeed News that Winston was her lone passenger at 2 a.m. on a March 2016 night when he "grabbed my crotch," keeping his hand there for "three to five seconds." Winston has strongly denied this accusation, saying there were three people in the car and he was in the back seat.

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, a teammate of Winston's at Florida State who was a witness in his 2012 case involving Kinsman, issued a statement Sunday morning, saying he was with Winston in the back seat and that "nothing inappropriate" happened in the car.

Clune said the driver's "sole purpose is to put other women on notice of this unacceptable behavior as so many other women have recently done." He also took issue with Darby's account of who was in the car.

"To be clear, no one else was in the car besides Mr. Winston and if anyone is 'confused,' it isn't the Uber driver," Clune wrote on Twitter. "Mr. Winston's friend from his FSU days is just making things worse by inserting himself into this. … We have asked the NFL this morning to investigate Mr. Darby and are demanding he immediately turn his phone over to the NFL so the GPS history can be forensically examined."

Kinsman accused Winston of raping her when they were FSU students in December 2012, and while Winston was never charged with anything criminally, he settled a civil lawsuit with her in December 2016.

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