VISTA, Calif. – A witness at former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow II’s preliminary hearing Wednesday identified one of Winslow’s attorneys as the man who sexually assaulted her and threatened her life.
With Winslow seated behind the defense table, the the 54-year-old woman – one of two women prosecutors claim were raped by Winslow – was asked by San Diego County Assistant Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens to identify the man who assaulted her.
“The man in the middle,” the woman responded.
That man was Brian Watkins, Winslow’s lead attorney, who sat alongside his client, who was wearing a dark blue suit and dark-rimmed glasses. Watkins, 49, and Winslow, 34, are both African-American.
Watkins used the hearing’s lunch recess to make it known he did not assault the woman.
“Don’t put Brian Watkins, accused of rape,” Watkins told USA TODAY Sports. “Don’t do that, man. There will be defamation lawsuits all over the place.”
Watkins also used the woman’s false identification to call Winslow’s case into doubt. Winslow was arrested last month on nine charges and faces a life in prison.
“Well, she did not describe our defense and our client and didn’t ID him in court,” Watkins said outside the San Diego County courtroom.
“She ID’d me. I didn’t have anything to do this,” he said with a laugh. “You better not write that I did.”
Watkins called the misidentification “very significant.”
The woman was the last of four witnesses to testify before the lunch break to describe Winslow’s alleged transgressions and she did so in graphic detail, including describing the injuries she suffered in the alleged sexual assault.
The woman, described by prosecutors as a hitchhiker, was allegedly kidnaped and raped in March. The other woman Winslow is accused of sexually assaulting was scheduled to testify later in the preliminary hearing, which will determine whether Winslow will stand trial on the charges.
Contributing: A.J. Perez