Giants defensive lineman Jay Bromley was accused of attempted rape and vehicular assault after engaging in sexual activity with a woman on Jan. 31. Police now believe he was falsely accused by a woman seeking money.
The woman claimed that after she told Bromley that she wanted to stop their sexual activity, he got angry and tried to rape her, then hit her with his car.
The two had met on Instagram and decided to meet up at a hotel. Bromley told police that he found the woman naked on the hotel bed after he came out of the bathroom. She performed oral sex on him, stopped, and demanded $2,000. Bromley said he didn't pay because he thought it was a date.
Police told the New York Post that after Bromley refused to pay, the woman continued engaging in sexual activity before requesting money again, at which point Bromley left. Surveillance videos showed the woman following Bromley out of the hotel, continuing to harass him before throwing herself onto the hood of his car.
The accuser also has a history of seeking payment from athletes she meets on Instagram, and of threatening celebrities for money. She had reportedly tried to extort money from actor Taye Diggs by threatening to release a sex tape of the two of them. Diggs reportedly paid the woman, but the accuser claims she didn't extort him or receive money.
The accuser had said she was drunk and had gotten sick after performing a sex act on Bromley, and that he flipped out and attacked her after that. She told the Post that she was "really traumatized" by the encounter.
A police source told the New York Daily News that it appears as though Bromley stopped and left when the women asked him to do so, and that there were "significant discrepancies" in the story she told law enforcement.
"Her credibility is seriously being questioned," the police source told the Daily News.
This case follows similar questionable accusations against other famous athletes, most recently NHL star Patrick Kane. The case included "significant material inconsistencies" between what the accuser and other witnesses said. Kane's DNA was found on the woman's shoulders and under her fingernails, but not on her underwear or genitals. DNA from other men was found as well.
The mother of Kane's accuser also claimed to have been sent an evidence bag containing her daughter's rape kit, yet this turned out to be an "elaborate hoax" that led to the family's lawyer withdrawing from the case.
Another case involved former Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston, who was accused of sexually assaulting Erica Kinsman. Kinsman's story was shaky and inconsistent, yet in late January, FSU (my alma mater) agreed to settle with the accuser to avoid spending millions on a trial.
"Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from now would have left FSU fighting over the past rather than looking toward its very bright future," FSU President John Thrasher announced. "We have decided to instead move forward even though we have full faith that the ultimate outcome of a trial would have been consistent with the previous law enforcement investigations and retired Supreme Court Justice Major Harding's findings in the student conduct hearing."
FSU could be trying to save face by settling, or it could be telling the truth and just want Kinsman to go away. She will receive $250,000 from the university (her lawyers will receive $700,000, which should tell you everything you need to know about the state of sexual assault lawsuits), which will already be a hit to the school, but not as big as it could have been after the expense of a trial even if it won.
The message to athletes should be clear: You've got a target on your back. Gone are the days of partying and groupies, now people just want to get paid.
None of these accusers have so far been charged with filing a false accusation.
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.