Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson accused of sexual battery, per report
Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson has been accused of sexual battery, according to a report.
T.J. Legacy-Cole of Fresh Take Florida, a news service of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, was first to report Friday that police have filed a sworn complaint accusing Johnson of sexual battery. Johnson, who has not been arrested, has retained an attorney.
Ron Kozlowski, Johnson’s attorney, spoke to Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel.
“I’m confident once the facts come out, no charges will be filed,” Kozlowski told the Sentinel. “Keyontae didn’t commit a crime, didn’t do anything wrong. That will be apparent once the facts are out.”
According to Legacy-Cole’s report, a 19-year-old woman who is not a UF student says she was sexually assaulted by Johnson in February. Johnson and the woman were attending an off-campus party in Gainesville. The report details that Johnson and the woman have a history and had consensual sex as recently as August. She relayed to police that she told Johnson she did not want to be physically intimate with him again. At the party, she reportedly asked to use the restroom at Johnson’s apartment:
She had been drinking hours before the party and during the party, and she asked to use the restroom in Johnson’s apartment but does not remember walking to his home, police said.
Johnson’s accuser remembered lying down in Johnson’s apartment with him on top of her, as he asked when she was most recently tested for any sexually transmitted diseases, police said.
Roughly 30 minutes after Johnson and his accuser went to his apartment, two friends at the party texted her worried about her whereabouts. She called one 35 minutes after she left to use Johnson’s bathroom and said she was walking back to the party, police said.
Moments later, she walked past the party and toward the parking lot, where her friends said she was unable to stand on her own, vomiting in the bushes and not making sense. At one point, Johnson’s accuser called one of her friends to look for her, even though she was standing nearby.
Earlier this month, police listened to a phone call between Johnson and the woman. Per the report, Johnson acknowledged having unprotected sex with her while she was intoxicated, saying he asked for her consent.
Johnson is on track to graduate from Florida this spring. The 2020 preseason SEC player of the year, Johnson has not played since Dec. 12, 2020, when he collapsed on the court at Florida State. Johnson was hospitalized for 8 days and placed in a medically-induced coma. Johnson has remained close to the team, taking on an unofficial student assistant role, earning him the nickname “Coach Key.” Earlier this month, Kentucky and Florida arranged to allow Johnson on the court in the starting lineup for UF’s Senior Day. Johnson received the opening tip, dribbled and then kissed the court before exiting the game.