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Browns' Deshaun Watson Facing New Lawsuit, Allegedly Pressured Massage Therapist

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVOctober 14, 2022

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 27: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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Another woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, accusing him of pressuring her into performing a sexual act while she was giving him a massage, according to Peggy Gallek, Ed Gallek and Jordan Unger of Fox8.com.

The lawsuit is not connected to the other 24 lawsuits that were filed against Watson previously, 23 of which were settled.

Those lawsuits were filed by attorney Tony Buzbee. This latest one has been filed by two different lawyers.

According to Claire Geary of News 5 Cleveland, the lawsuit says "Watson reached out to set up an appointment via Instagram and as a 'small business owner' was actively trying to grow her business and expand her client base."

Per that report, the woman said Watson tried to have sex with her, and when he was rebuffed was able to "pressure her into oral sex" before paying her $300. Her rates for massages were $115 per hour.

One of the lawyers filing the lawsuit, Anissah Nguyen, said that the woman accusing Watson of sexual misconduct "has been struggling with everything. It's taken her some time to come forward. She's doing it for herself and other women who have been victimized by Deshaun Watson."

She added that the woman "knows that by speaking out she is going to have to deal with the hard conversations" and is seeking a "just and expeditious" outcome and as the lawsuit states "minimal compensatory damages."

Rusty Hardin, Watson's attorney, told Fox8.com he was unaware of the new filing.

Watson, 27, was traded to the Browns this offseason and signed a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract extension with the team after two separate grand juries declined to pursue criminal charges against him.

Watson then settled the majority of the lawsuits he faced, though the NFL still took action against him, suspending him for the first 11 games of the 2022 season. He is not eligible to practice with the Browns until Nov. 14, though he was permitted back to the team facilities for meetings this past week.