A woman who was raped by a security guard when she was a teenager has been awarded a $1 billion verdict against the rapist's employer.
The guard, identified in the lawsuit as Brandon Lamar Zachary, was convicted of statutory rape and is serving a 20-year prison sentence, according to prison records available online.
While Cheston will likely not receive the full settlement, the statement the jury made is what matters Stewart said on Twitter.
However, the significance of the amount of money that jurors in Clayton County, Georgia awarded her is "life-changing" and "history-making".
A full-time college student who plans to spend the summer working with an organisation in Atlanta that helps homeless people, Ms Cheston said she hopes her story can provide a source of strength for other sexual assault victims.
The guard, Brandon Lamar Zachary, was 22.
The judge had already determined the security company was liable, so the jury was only determining damages, Stewart said.
She had filed a suit against the security company, Crime Prevention Agency, as well as the apartment complex and a property management company.
In 2012, Ms Cheston was at a friend's birthday party in Jonesboro, Georgia, with her boyfriend when the armed guard approached her, told her boyfriend not to move, and raped her on a picnic table.
"A Clayton County jury of 12 people said a woman who has been sexually assaulted is worth 1 billion dollars", said Stewart.
"Every victim has that-'Well I should've did this, I should've did that, I shouldn't have been here in the first place, '" Cheston said at the news conference on Wednesday.
OnePlus 3 & 3T Receive Face Unlock & Plenty Of New Features
The update begins rolling out now, so if you have a OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T you should get the new software soon. It ticked all the boxes right and made up for everything that its previous iteration, the OnePlus 2 lacked.
Focus on Mohamed Salah on Egypt's return after 28 years
Particularly in Europe, where Ronaldo is the all-time leading Champions League scorer with 120 goals. In Italy, a career stalling was reignited at Roma and Liverpool came calling a year ago .
Big Bash battle: Sydney, Melbourne set to chase de Villiers
Richards felt that de Villiers will always be remembered for playing the sport in the right spirit. Even after his global retirement, de Villiers could still be a part of the RCB next year.
The Clayton News-Daily has a news sharing agreement with FOX 5.
"I was really proud of the jury because there is no basis in the legal world for how high a rape verdict can be", Cheston's attorney L. Chris Stewart told the AP. A message for the chief executive of Crime Prevention Agency was not responded to Wednesday.
"What that number stands for is the most important thing", he said.
Will we recover all that?
But she and her lawyer both said the judgment offered a symbolic win for all sexual assault victims. "I had to basically build up my own self-esteem and remind myself who I am and just where I'm meant to go and remember my goal on this Earth and not let this man feel like he took my objective".
She added that "it did take a lot for me to say, 'You know, this is beyond me".
"If rape cases got tried and jurors understood the crippling effect that those types of events have on victims, you would see hundred-million-dollar verdicts rather frequently", he said.
"I feel like my case is just to show that you may not get it immediately, but you will get what you're worth", Cheston told The Associated Press. They are, he said, showing others that "we will be heard and there are people out there that truly value us".
Stewart tweeted a photo of himself, flanked by Cheston and her mother, and the verdict.
"This $1 billion isn't just my $1 billion", Cheston said.
The jury's $1 billion settlement verdict.