Lawyer Buzbee: Deshaun Watson Facing 14 Civil Lawsuits After Monday; 24 Accusers

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2021

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Houston. New Houston Texans coach David Culley reiterated Thursday, March 11, 2021, that the team has no intention of trading Watson, despite the star quarterback’s request to be dealt. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)
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Attorney Tony Buzbee said he's filed 14 civil lawsuits on behalf of 24 women who've accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, including instances of sexual assault, as of Monday night.

ESPN's Sarah Barshop reported six new lawsuits were filed Monday, and Buzbee told Isiah Carey of Fox 26 Houston another one had been filed to bring the total to 14. Buzbee announced the first lawsuit last week.

"We have filed 14 cases so far. Most of the cases allege the same, or similar conduct," Buzbee told Carey.

Three of the lawsuits filed Monday include allegations by women who said Watson touched them with his penis during separate massage sessions in January and March of this year as well as April 2020, per Barshop.

Watson released a statement following the initial allegations last week, saying he planned to defend himself after he was approached with a "baseless six-figure settlement demand":

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"I'm extremely proud to represent Deshaun Watson and wholly stand behind him against what we believe are meritless allegations," attorney Rusty Hardin said Friday.

Other lawsuits filed Monday surround claims of sexual harassment during massages, including trying to get one woman to perform oral sex and "exposing himself" to another, per Barshop.

Per Barshop, the woman involved in the 14th lawsuit filed says she believes Watson is a "serial predator."

The Texans released a statement Thursday to confirm the NFL informed them of an investigation into the allegations against Watson:

"The NFL informed us today that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson. We will stay in close contact with the league as they do.

"We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL's investigation concludes."

An NFL spokesperson told Ben Shpigel of the New York Times the situation is "under review in relation to the NFL's personal conduct policy."

Watson has spent his entire pro career with the Texans, who selected him out of Clemson in the first round of the 2017 draft. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the QB submitted a trade request in January.


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