Closing arguments given in rape trial of Kellen Winslow Jr.

June 04, 2019 - 8:02 pm

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys for former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. say five women who accused him of rape and lewd conduct invented the allegations to prey on his wealth, while prosecutors say his fame empowered him to prey on the most vulnerable.

Winslow's status was mentioned by both sides in closing arguments Tuesday before the jury was expected to go into deliberations.

Winslow is accused of raping three women and exposing himself or exhibiting lewd conduct to two others. All five women, including a homeless female, a hitchhiker and an immigrant who speaks limited English, testified during the trial that began May 20.

The son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow has pleaded not guilty to 12 counts.

He played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets.

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