Erica Kinsman, who is the woman that has accused Jameis Winston of rape, has decided to step out from the shadows and stop being anonymous and speak her tale with people actually knowing who she is. Prior to her deciding to do this, we only knew there was a woman saying she was raped and she once attended school there. Other than that everything was anonymous. She decided to tell her story in a documentary titled “The Hunting Ground”. The film also includes experts on the subject of campus rape, supporters of victims’ rights and others who identify as the victims of on-campus sexual assault.


Kinsman is joined by her father John in the film, directed by Oscar-nominee Kirby Dick. FSU officials declined interviews, the film said in its closing credits.

Kinsman, who her dad describes as a normal kid, recalls meeting Winston at the Tallahassee nightclub Potbelly’s on Dec. 7, 2012. She says he pretended to be her boyfriend to drive a different guy away who she says was following her around the bar. Winston’s chivalry ended there, however, according to Kinsman, who recalls taking a shot with Winston that she was convinced was tainted.

“I’m totally certain something was in that drink,” Kinsman said, who revealed she did not realize Winston was the star freshman quarterback on FSU’s football team until months after the alleged rape occurred.

Kinsman later recalls winding up in cab with Winston and two other men, which she describes as “uncharacteristic” behavior for her. The cab went to Winston’s apartment, where she says the rape happened.

“He was on top of me and I couldn’t really breathe,” Kinsman says, noting Winston’s roommate disrupted Winston’s first attempt when he entered his bedroom because the door didn’t lock. She said the roommate, who she does not identify, pleaded with Winston to stop and noted Klinsman was saying “no.” That’s when Kinsman said Winston picked her up and took her to the bathroom, where the door did lock.

“He pushed his hand over my face and pushed my face to the floor,” she said, recalling the floor was tile. She said he dressed her and told her it was time to leave after he was done.

She said she agreed to let Winston take her home on his scooter, but said she instructed him to let her off at an intersection, so he wouldn’t know where she lived. She then said she sought help and went to the hospital where a rape kit was performed, but not analyzed until months later.

The film showed death threats she received, as well as clips of ESPN’s “First Take” hosts Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith defending Winston when the allegations first surfaced. They both defended Winston, calling Kinsman’s allegations “terribly unfair,” while noting the timing of the investigation “stinks.”

“I kind of just want to know, like, why me?” Kinsman asks, giving up her fight to hold back her tears. “It doesn’t really make sense.”