Two more lawsuits against QB Deshaun Watson
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Two other civil lawsuits, in which Houston Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson was charged with sexual assault and improper conduct, were filed in a Texas court on Tuesday night.
The complaints appeared on the Harris County District Clerk website Wednesday morning.
The two most recent lawsuits come from an Arizona massage professional and a Houston woman who is working to obtain her massage license.
The Houston woman said she offered massages to Watson four times in mid-2020. And while the first three dates upset and shattered her, she continued to work with Watson fearing he might ruin her reputation as she tried to get her business off the ground. The fourth appointment, she said, culminated in forced oral sex and she refused to work with him afterwards.
One of the new lawsuits also states that Watson had “unsent” messages on Instagram and contacted the women who had previously massaged him “through intermediaries.” This statement illustrates the content of a lawsuit filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee on Sunday. Watson deleted Instagram messages and contacted the women “who officially provided massages for him to reach an agreement.”
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement Monday contradicting the claims made in that lawsuit.
“Like many people, Deshaun regularly deletes past Instagram messages,” said Hardin. “However, he has not deleted any messages since March 15, the day before the first lawsuit was filed. We categorically deny that he has reached out to his prosecutors directly to resolve these cases.”
Hardin also released testimony from 18 communications therapists who claimed they had no trouble during the sessions with Watson.
“Together they have worked with Deshaun more than 130 times in the past five years,” said Hardin. “These statements show the other side of the story that was so absent from the spate of anonymous complaints filed by opposing attorneys.”
Buzbee posted on Instagram Tuesday that he is uncomfortable going to the Houston Police Department with information.
“I have since learned that my legal opponent, Mr. Hardin, has a son who is on … the exclusive command of HPD,” Buzbee wrote on Instagram. “I am in no way saying that Deshaun Watson’s attorney, Mr. Hardin, has a son who has a position that would jeopardize HPD and its investigation. I support his ministry along with all of the Houston police officers – I think the rank and file know that. But I am saying that me and my clients will go elsewhere to deliver our evidence to investigating authorities. “
Watson, 25, denied the allegations after the first lawsuit was filed on March 16.
“I have never treated a woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson wrote in part, adding that he looks forward to defending his name.
No criminal charges were filed.
The NFL said on March 18 that cases of alleged wrongdoing are being investigated by Watson. The Texans said the team officials would keep in touch with the league.
Last September, the Texans signed a four-year contract extension for $ 156 million with Watson. However, his relationship with the team has deteriorated since then and he has requested a trade.
– Field level media