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Jameis Winston's accuser speaks publicly for the first time in film

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It has been a good couple of weeks for Jameis Winston. His performance at the NFL Scouting Combine was raved about and his football IQ has gained him comparisons with Peyton Manning.

Not only that. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht have spoken glowingly about the former Florida State Seminoles quarterback.

However, the good news for Jameis Winston stops there.

A new film called The Hunting Ground debuts on Friday in New York and Los Angeles and the contents of the film will not make good viewing for the Winston camp.

Winston was accused of sexual assault during his college career back at Florida State, a crime that he was never found guilty of in any way.

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But regardless of this, the film - which explores the epidemic problem of sexual assault on college campuses - features Jameis Winston's accuser, who speaks publicly for the first time.

Winston's accuser details her view of the incident and she describes how she repeatedly said "no" before allegedly being physically overpowered by Winston.

“We’re grateful it’s the first time people will get to hear [her] story,” said The Hunting Ground director Kirby Dick. “It’s her first-hand testimony. Up to this point it hasn’t been in a public space.”

Even though Winston will always be innocent until proven guilty, the timing of the film couldn't be worse for the first round draft prospect.

Bucs GM Jason Licht has already spoken about the fact Winston's off the field issues could prevent them from picking him first overall on April 30. And this film could become the catalyst for some negative publicity for Winston that proves too much for the Bucs, and makes them think again about drafting such a troubled star.

Watch this space. In the meantime, what do you think NFL fans? Should the Bucs select Jameis Winston first overall in the 2015 Draft? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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