Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has threatened legal action against CNN if they air “The Hunting Ground”, a documentary about rape on college campuses.
The documentary, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, contains a segment which focuses on the sexual assault allegation against Winston while at Florida State in 2012. Winston’s accuser, Erica Kinsman, publicly discusses the incident for the first time in the film.
Attorney John Boudet said in a letter obtained by the Hollywood Reporter that the documentary manipulates, misstates or simply omits facts to present a false narrative.
CNN may have persuaded itself that Mr. Winstons status as a public figure insulates your company from a libel judgment, the letter says. If CNN decides to proceed with this broadcast, we will perhaps have the opportunity to test that legal proposition in a court of law.
The documentary is scheduled to air Sunday at 8 p.m. on CNN.