The personal trainer who has accused New England Patriots star Antonio Brown of raping her has married her high school sweetheart in a ceremony that took place on Saturday.
Photos exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com show Britney Taylor, 28, arriving at her reception on the arm of her new husband, Kristin Owens, 28, at the upscale Whitehaven Golf Course and Ballroom in Memphis, Tennessee.
The party at the venue, which costs $1,700 to hire and was decked out with white balloons for the occasion, came after a marriage service at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, close to her mother Bridget’s home.
Today, less than 48 hours after her wedding, Taylor will meet with NFL commissioners to discuss the alleged rape at the hands of Brown, who played his first game for the Patriots on Sunday.
He has strongly denied the allegations, issuing a statement via his lawyer that claimed the pair were in ‘a consensual personal relationship’ and describing the case as ‘a money grab’.
It emerged over the weekend that Brown turned down an offer from Taylor to settle the case for $2 million before the lawsuit was filed on September 10.
ESPN also reported that settlement talks began in April and included two rounds of mediation before Brown rejected the deal shortly after signing a $15 million deal with the Patriots on September 7.
According to Taylor’s lawsuit, the alleged rape, in May 2018, and sex assaults in June 2017 have caused her ‘severe and drastic damage’ and had ‘irreparably’ harmed her.
She also claimed the attacks had caused problems in her relationship with Owens, who she has been dating since they met at Ridgeway High School in Memphis.
After high school, Owens went on to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he also played defensive back.
Taylor, meanwhile, began taking classes at Central Michigan University where, she says in her lawsuit, she first met Brown, 31, at a bible studies group in 2010.
The gymnast claims Brown got back in touch with her in 2017 and asked her to help him with his flexibility and strength.
But according to Taylor, their relationship soured after he forcibly attempted to kiss her and ejaculated on her back in two separate incidents at his Pittsburgh home in June 2017.
In February 2018, he allegedly got back in touch, apologized for the incidents and asked her to start training him again.
She eventually agreed but on May 21, 2018, Taylor claims Brown pushed her down on his bed at his Miami home and ‘forcibly raped her’.
Although there is no record of any of the incidents being reported to police in Pittsburgh or Miami, Taylor says she then cut off contact with the football player.
Although both Taylor and Owens have scrubbed their social media accounts, DailyMail.com has obtained an image of Taylor and Brown together – taken shortly before the alleged rape.
In the picture, which was posted to Taylor’s Instagram account on May 8, 2018, the pair are seen smiling and high fiving, while the caption describes their time together as ‘a great experience’.
It goes on: ‘Coach Britney has had the opportunity to help train Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
‘This has been a great experience and oppopportunity [sic].’ The hashtags include ‘legend’, ‘CallGod’ and ‘Boomin’.
On Friday, a school friend of Taylor’s told DailyMail.com that the gymnast would never spend time with anyone she didn’t believe to be a good person.
Cheerleading coach Alexis Sherrod, 27, of Memphis, Tennessee said: ‘A person with a bad background, I don’t think she would get involved [with them].
‘It wouldn’t be in her best interests and she wouldn’t take that path.’
Alexis, who has known Taylor since they studied together at Ridgway High, added: ‘She’s very enthusiastic, very determined and she has her head on straight.
‘She’s had her head on straight for a long time, for as far as I can remember. She’s very outgoing, very opinionated in a good way. Britney, she’s always been a nice person.’
While it is unclear what her new husband Owens does for a living, Taylor said in her lawsuit that she runs a Memphis area gym where she teaches gymnastics.
The venture, called Taylor’ed Gymnastics Training Center LLC, is registered to the $173,000 home of Taylor’s mother Bridget, 59, who declined to comment when approached by DailyMail.com last week.
According to the website, ‘everything we do is the highest quality to ensure our gymnasts are equipped in the gym arena and in the arena of life. We train winners in all areas of life.’
But when DailyMail.com visited the premises in Olive Branch, Mississippi, they did not exist with the address listed on the website leading to a stretch of road in the middle of an industrial area.
Locals said they had never heard of the business and pointed DailyMail.com to a nearby fitness center called LT Unique Fitness, which was also shuttered.
According to the Tennessee business registry, the company’s license lapsed on April 1 2019 – shortly before the settlement discussions reported by ESPN began.
Emails to the accounts associated with the business were not returned and it is unclear whether Taylor still offers training services.
However, legal papers seen by DailyMail.com show that Taylor is the subject of a Federal tax lien, over unpaid taxes totaling $31,521 filed in April 2017.
In October 2018, she was ordered to pay an outstanding Bank of America bill for $5, 572 by a small claims court in Tennessee.
In a statement released via her attorney to DailyMail.com on September 11, Taylor said deciding to speak out had been ‘an incredibly difficult decision’.
She added: ‘I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.
‘Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.
‘I will cooperate with the NFL and any other agencies; however, at this time, I respectfully request that the media please respect my privacy.’