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Tue, 23 Mar 2021 03:00:00 -0700
Another lawsuit accuses Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct, this time in California, just the second of the 14
ESPN investigative reporter John Barr details what’s to come for Deshaun Watson after six more lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct were filed against him.
HOUSTON — A 14th lawsuit alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct was filed against Deshaun Watson by a woman who says she believes the Houston Texans quarterback is a “serial predator.”
The lawsuit, which was filed Monday night and appeared on the Harris County District Clerk’s website Tuesday morning, alleges that Watson “assaulted and harassed Plaintiff by exposing himself to her and touching her with his penis.”
The incident allegedly took place in California, just the second of the 14 allegations to take place outside the Houston area.
The traveling massage therapist alleges that when she arrived at the address Watson gave her, he led her to a room and “locked the doors behind him.” After Watson allegedly “forced Plaintiff’s hand onto his penis” during the massage, he allegedly told her, “I will not have you sign a NDA but don’t ever talk about this.”
The plaintiff also alleges that Watson reached out on Instagram in December “acting as if nothing had happened.”
Watson has denied wrongdoing, and his attorney Rusty Hardin said Friday that the allegations against the quarterback are “meritless.”
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said in a statement he posted on Twitter on March 16.
Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the plaintiffs, said in an Instagram post on Saturday that he would submit affidavits and evidence from several women to the Houston Police Department and the Houston district attorney Monday morning.
He also said he will request that a grand jury consider the evidence and determine whether charges should be brought against Watson by the state of Texas.
Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the Harris County district attorney, said Monday that it would be “inappropriate” for the DA’s office to comment on the lawsuits against Watson.
“It would be inappropriate for the District Attorney’s Office to comment on a civil lawsuit, and we refrain from publicly discussing allegations in any matter until and if a criminal charge is filed; we do this out of fairness to all,” Schiller said in a statement.
Last week, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said “the matter is under review” pertaining to the league’s personal conduct policy, and the Texans said in a statement that they would stay in close contact with the NFL during its investigation.
Former Texans receiver Will Fuller, who has signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent this offseason, on Tuesday said he’s been in contact with Watson.
“I fully support Deshaun,” Fuller told reporters.
“I don’t know any of the specifics about what’s going on with him, but I fully support him.
I’ve been talking to him.
To me, it seems like his head is on completely straight.
I’m just looking forward to seeing where everything goes.
Hopefully he’s OK.”
ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe contributed to this report.
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Tue, 23 Mar 2021 03:00:00 -0700
A 14th woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to a civil lawsuit
A 14th woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to a civil lawsuit filed Monday night.
The woman, an unnamed massage therapist in California, alleges that Watson exposed himself to her and touched her with his genitals during a massage session at a house in Beverly Hills, California on July 15.
She also claims that Watson told her afterward: “I will not have you sign a (non-disclosure agreement) but don’t ever talk about this.”
The woman’s claims echo those made by more than a dozen other women who have filed lawsuits against Watson in Harris County District Court over the past week.
Watson, 25, broadly denied wrongdoing in a statement released last week, before the first lawsuit was publicly available.
His attorney, Rusty Hardin, has since described the women’s claims as “meritless” and indicated that they would respond to the lawsuits in greater depth at some point this week.
Watson has not been charged with a crime, or suspended by the NFL.
The league confirmed last week that it is investigating the matter under the auspices of its personal conduct policy.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing all 14 of the women, said in a news conference last week that his firm’s next step would be to submit information and evidence to Houston police and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office – the first steps toward potential criminal charges.
Buzbee did not immediately reply to an email inquiry Tuesday about whether that had occurred.
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Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office, said in a statement Monday that “it would be inappropriate for a District Attorney’s Office to comment any way on a civil lawsuit, and we refrain from publicly discussing allegations in any matter until and if a criminal charge is filed.”
“We do this out of fairness to all,” Schiller continued.
The latest lawsuit against Watson, which was filed Monday night and became publicly-available Tuesday morning, contains similar claims as the others.
But there are also a few notable differences.
While most of the alleged incidents occurred in Houston, where Watson plays, this one took place in Beverly Hills. The woman, a licensed massage therapist, is described as a California resident.
And unlike many of the other women, the lawsuit states that she “routinely provides massage therapy to athletes from professional football teams and other high-profile athletes.”
In the latest lawsuit, the woman also states that she “believes Watson to be a serial predator.”
A spokesperson for Hardin did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
A first-round pick in the 2017 draft, Watson has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three years and is generally regarded as one of the top players at his position.
He requested a trade earlier this season due to frustration with management, but the Texans have so far declined to deal him.
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– March 23, 2021