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Investigators for the National Football League on Monday interviewed a woman who says that Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman tried to rape her, the victim’s attorney Gloria Allred said in a statement.
NFL investigators met with the alleged victim at Allred’s office in Los Angeles.
“This is the NFL investigators’ first investigation since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed them to investigate alleged sexual assault by NFL players,” Allred said.
The alleged victim who met with the NFL today is a California woman who claims Spillman sexually assaulted her in 2013 when he played for the San Francisco 49ers. According to the New York Daily News, she claims he groped her and tried to tear off her pants and force her to perform oral sex. Spillman was never charged and told the police the encounter was consensual.
In a separate incident on Sept. 26, Allred delivered a letter to NFL headquarters claiming that a then-unnamed NFL player had raped her client on the morning of Sept. 20, then played the next day. She said a police report was filed the day of the rape, and that the player’s team knew about the accusations.
“The accused did respond to law enforcement’s request and went to the police station accompanied by a representative of his NFL team,” Allred said Sept. 26. “Thereafter, the accused was then allowed by his team to play the following day. We have asked the NFL whether or not this alleged rape was reported to them and if they approved this accused individual’s playing in the game notwithstanding the allegations that had been made against him.”
The New York Daily News reported that NFL then sent a letter to all 32 of its teams soliciting information about a player who was accused of rape and allowed to play the next day.
Oct. 27, 11:14 p.m. Updated to clarify the woman who spoke with the NFL on Monday was the California victim. An earlier version of this story indicated that the woman questioned on Monday was the Texas victim. THR regrets the error.
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