Deshaun Watson explained: What to know about allegations of sexual assault against Texans QB
A total of 21 civil lawsuits have been filed against Deshaun Watson on charges of misconduct and sexual assault on Texans quarterback.
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee filed his first three lawsuits on March 16 and 17 in connection with a series of incidents involving allegations of multiple massage therapists. Buzbeek wrote in one of the lawsuits that Watson’s behavior is part of a “worrying model of capturing vulnerable women.” According to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop.
Watson has filed lawsuits alleging inappropriate touching of oral sex and forced sexual harassment by women.
Here’s what we know so far about these issues and how Watson and the NFL have responded to the allegations.
What to know about the lawsuits against Deshaun Watson
Cases 1 and 2
The the first bi the lawsuit was filed by Buzbee in Harris County, Texas. The first lawsuit is allegedly related to an incident that took place in the home of a massage therapist in March 2020, and the second lawsuit is allegedly related to an incident that occurred in August 2020 at The Houstonian hotel, club and spa. The plaintiffs in both cases are female massage therapists named Jane Doe.
Both lawsuits allege that Watson committed a civil assault by exposing himself and touching the plaintiff with his penis. Both lawsuits also allege that the plaintiffs became “uncomfortable” with the massages, and the women abruptly ended their sessions after Watson acted inappropriately. They did not respond according to the lawsuits that Watson initially set up meetings through direct Instagram messages.
“It became clear that Watson wanted a massage for one reason, sex,” the first lawsuit says.
Watson told the plaintiff allegedly involved in the March 2020 incident, “I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate someone to mess with you, just like I don’t want to mess with me.” He considered Watson’s release a threat according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages, “so that Watson does not engage in similar conduct.”
The third lawsuit alleges that in December 2020, an incident occurred in an office building in Houston. Defendant in the lawsuit filed as Jane Doe.
While the third lawsuit alleges similar behavior against the massage therapist, Watson “became more aggressive, forcing his hand down into his pubis.” In the lawsuit, Watson says he forced the woman. he felt “scared and threatened” to have oral sex and “not to accept it.”
“The plaintiff could have been more courageous and wants to end the massage” the lawsuit says. “But he felt helpless at the time. The plaintiff was under Watson’s control.”
On March 19, four other civil lawsuits were filed against Watson, bringing the total to seven. Three of the four lawsuits allege that Watson had an inappropriate relationship with women during massage sessions. For each barshop. In the fourth proclamation, Watson tried to kiss a woman against her will.
On March 22, seven other civil lawsuits were filed, including Watson, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2021 – the most recent allegation to date. The alleged incidents in the seven lawsuits range from April 2020 to March 2021.
“The plaintiff believes Watson is a predator in the series,” the 14th lawsuit says.
On March 23, 15 and 16 lawsuits were filed, alleging conduct similar to that described by other plaintiffs. Three other lawsuits were filed on March 28, alleging that Watson “intentionally” touched the woman with his penis.
One of these lawsuits says Watson “contacted those who deleted Instagram messages and formally massaged them, trying to fix them.” Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, denied Watson “He directly complained to the complainants in an attempt to resolve these cases,” he said Watson did not delete the Instagram message from March 15th.
Cases 20 and 21
On March 30, two other lawsuits were filed, including Watson tempting a massage therapist, forcing her to have oral sex, and throwing her against him. For each barshop.
After filing these two lawsuits, Hardin released statements from 18 women that Watson “never felt uncomfortable or demanded anything outside the realm of professional massage.”
Attorney Rusty Hardin Deshaun Watson has now released a press release stating that there are 18 massage therapists who support Watson. Here is a sample: pic.twitter.com/MAKPKEsVJm
– Ben Volin (@BenVolin) March 31, 2021
Who is Tony Buzbee?
Buzbee is a lawyer for The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston. He is a former naval officer and attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center. According to a biography made on The Buzbee Law Firm site. He has replaced several reputable clients, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
He has also previously been a candidate for public office, and eventually launched an unsuccessful campaign in 2019 against incumbent Sylvester Turner for mayor of Houston.
At a March 19 press conference, Buzbee told reporters Contact the Houston Police Department, and stated that none of the women she was representing had met with police before talking to her. However, the Houston Police Department posted a note on its official Twitter account on March 19 that “it did not know the relationship between HPD and Houston attorney Tony Buzbee.”
At this time, HPD is unaware of the relationship between HPD and Houston attorney Tony Buzbee and the allegations received in the recent lawsuits and no incident report has been filed in our jurisdiction.
– Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 19, 2021
In an Instagram message on March 30, Buzbe said he now has no plans to work with the Houston Police Department.
“Our team has been heavily criticized because many brave women have not filed a formal complaint with HPD (although we have provided information to other organizations),” Buzzbe said. “Here’s my concern: When I ran for mayor of Houston against the current mayor, I asked for the resignation of the former police chief. So I was initially reluctant to provide information to HPD in these important cases, at least while Art Acevedo was police chief – even my long-term HPD Mr. Acevedo has left Houston for Miami.
“However, I have since learned that my legal opponent, Mr. Hardin, has a son who is a member of the HPD General Command. I am in no way saying that Deshaun Watson’s lawyer, Mr. Hardin, has a son who has an attitude that would jeopardize HPD and his investigation “I accept his service, along with all the police in Houston. I think they know that level. But, I and my client are going to go elsewhere to tell our investigating authorities.”
What did Deshaun Watson say?
Published by Watson the following statement to Twitter March 16:
As a result of a social media post from a litigation lawyer seeking publicity, I recently learned of a lawsuit that was apparently filed against me. I haven’t seen the accusation yet, but I know this: I’ve never treated a woman with anything other than respect. The plaintiff’s attorney says it’s not a money account, but he filed an unsubstantiated six-figure settlement request before filing the lawsuit, which I quickly denied. Unlike him, for me it’s not money, it’s about clearing my name but I hope to do it.
Hardin he told ESPN that he spoke with Watson on March 17 and agreed to replace him.
“I’m really happy with that person who is Deshaun Watson, and I don’t like to comment in public until I get all the data,” Hardin said, adding that Watson “has a great reputation here in the Houston area,” and the allegations are consistent with the type of person he actually is.
Watson’s agent, David Mulugheta, shared his views on the lawsuit in a tweet posted on March 19:
Sexual assault is real. Victims should be heard, prosecuted for crimes.
Individuals often create stories for profit. Their victims should be heard, and offenders should also be prosecuted.
I just hope I keep the same energy with the truth.
– David Mulugheta (@DavidMulugheta) March 19, 2021
Hardin released him a more detailed statement to TMZ Sports March 23:
“We want to emphasize from the beginning that we and Deshaun acknowledge that sexual assault and harassment are not only illegal, but also morally wrong. It takes courage to denounce the abuse of women, especially when their names are attached to a lawsuit. We do not take these allegations lightly, however, it is just as important as fairness to the accused.
“Opposition lawyers have orchestrated a circus-like atmosphere using social media in the last ‘seven days 14 to raise awareness of the’ Jane Doe ‘lawsuit in a way that has aroused people’ s disrepair and otherwise disgraced the popularity of Deshaun. it reveals a very difficult truth to fully investigate.Anonymity is often necessary as a shield for victims, but opposing lawyers have used it as a sword to publicly humiliate Deshaun before seeking the truth.the process can begin.
“I believe that any allegation that forced Deshaun to commit sexual assault is completely false. And in this case we have been able to identify the complainant, we have strong evidence that the allegation is false. In January of this year, a woman tried to blackmail Deshaun into demanding $ 30,000. due to a consensual meeting in exchange for her “indefinite silence.” In our view, this woman is a plaintiff in case No. 2021-15613, which also calls into question the legitimacy of the remaining cases.
“We have received many unsolicited comments from many licensed massage therapists who have worked with Deshaun over the past week. They describe these women as gentlemen and client models who have never acted in inappropriate behavior. Everyone who met Deshaun said he was a great, respectful and compassionate man.
“Once again, we are taking the allegations very seriously, but we urge people not to rush to trial so that people do not act inappropriately against lawyers and allow them to decide the basic fairness of both parties on that day. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
Are the Texans investigating NFL Deshaun Watson?
Texans has released the following statement March 17:
Last night we learned of a civil lawsuit involving Deshaun Watson via a social media post. This is the first time we have heard of the subject and we hope to know more soon. We take allegations involving anyone at the Houston Texans seriously. We will wait for more information before making further statements about this event.
Pro Football Talk reported on March 19th Lisa Friel, a special NFL investigative advisor, told Buzbe that she had written a letter telling him that the league had begun an investigation. He asked Buzbee and his clients to cooperate.
Published by Buzbee, then deleted, and then sent the letter again on his Instagram page. He eventually wrote that his party will “cooperate with the NFL investigation and any other investigative authorities.”
Anonymous league official He told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the league is investigating Watson according to his personal conduct policy. The Texans made a second statement on March 19 (to Aaron Wilson) Houston Chronicle) that they will remain in “close contact” with the league with the investigation.