One week after a personal trainer filed a lawsuit accusing NFL player Antonio Brown of sexual assault and rape, a second woman has come forward to claim that the footballer was similarly sexually inappropriate with her.
In a Sports Illustrated report published Monday that details Brown’s troubling history, an unnamed female artist in her late 20s recounted being hired by Brown to paint a mural in his home and described to the outlet how quickly the situation took a turn for the inappropriate.
The woman said that, at first, it was “very exciting” to be working with Brown, as he “acted like he trusted [her] and he let [her] do [her] thing.” In exchange for painting a mural of Brown on one of his walls, the 31-year-old athlete reportedly agreed to pay the artist a rate of $1,000 per day, and even arranged for her to make the trip from New York City to his Pennsylvania home, the outlet reports.
The first day of work at Brown’s home was uneventful, but on the second day, things changed dramatically, and Brown made his sexual interest in her known, the artist explained. She was on her knees while painting, and when she turned around, she found Brown standing behind her, wearing no clothing but covering his genitals with a small towel, she said.
“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 told the outlet. “I was about 40% 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 ended contact with her the next day, and “ghosted” her by leaving for Miami, the artist explained. She was paid $2,000 for the days she was able to work, but neither he nor his assistants ever contacted her again. She said that she was not able to finish the mural, and she has still been unable to retrieve another painting she left at his house, she alleged.
The artist said that Brown also failed to pay $700 for a painting that he bought from her at a charity auction, and neither Brown nor his agent have replied to requests for payment from the artist or the co-founder of the organization that hosted the auction, according to Sports Illustrated.
Brown's second accuser has no interest in seeking any legal action against Brown, the outlet reports. Neither Brown’s agent nor his lawyer responded to the outlet’s request for comment on the allegations against him.
However, Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, denied the artist's claim in a statement issued to TMZ on Monday.
"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," he said. "There will be no further comment at this time."
NBC News made contact with the anonymous woman who confirmed her report to Sports Illustrated was accurate.
The artist is the second woman to make sexual misconduct claims regarding Brown this month. Britney Taylor, a former gymnast who previously worked for Brown as a personal trainer, filed a suit in the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday claiming that the wide receiver sexually assaulted her three different times.
Brown, Taylor claimed, kissed her without permission and, the following month, masturbated in front of her and ejaculated on her in 2017, The New York Times reports. He then “forcibly raped” her in 2018, ignoring her cries for him to stop, and then taunted her about it in vulgar text messages, Taylor alleged, according to the outlet.
Brown, who recently signed a contract with the New England Patriots worth millions, denied Taylor’s claims via his lawyer.
“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” reads a public statement from Heitner. “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”
Heitner claimed that any relations Brown had with Taylor were consensual, and said that Brown views the suit as being a “money grab.”
Both the Patriots and the NFL are investigating the allegations, NBC Sports reports.
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit that was filed earlier today against Antonio Brown, as well as the response by Antonio’s representatives,” Brown's team said in a statement obtained by the outlet. “We take these allegations very seriously. Under no circumstance does this organization condone sexual violence or assault. The league has informed us that they will be investigating. We will have no further comment while that investigation takes place.”
Taylor is scheduled to have a sit-down with NFL officials on Monday, according to Sports Illustrated.
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