16 Lawsuits, 24 Women Come Forward with Accusations Against Deshaun Watson

UPDATE (7:45 p.m.): Two more lawsuits were filed against Deshaun Watson Tuesday afternoon to bring the total to 16 civil suits in Harris County Texas in a span of 7 days. 

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, released a statement Tuesday claiming a ‘Jane Doe’ in a lawsuit filed last week tried to blackmail Watson in January demanding money after a consensual encounter.

Hardin said Buzzbee has “orchestrated a circus-like atmosphere by using social media to publicize 14 ‘Jane Doe’ lawsuits during the past seven days … to inflame the public and malign Deshaun’s otherwise sterling reputation,” he said, before two more lawsuits were filed. 

Lawsuit 15: In the 15th lawsuit, the Plaintiff claims Watson requested a massage from her in May 2020. The suit states that during the session, “Watson assaulted and harassed Plaintiff [Jane Doe] by exposing himself to her, touching her with his penis and ejaculating onto her. Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing pattern.”

Lawsuit 16: In the 16th lawsuit, the Plaintiff claims Watson asked her for a massage in October 2020. During the session, she claims he harassed her “by exposing himself and trying to force her to touch his anus and penis.” This lawsuit details his “behavior is part of a disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women.” The Plaintiff also states she “believes Watson is  in the sex trade.”

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In addition to the 14 filed civil lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson, lawyer Tony Buzbee told FOX 26 in Houston that 24 women in total have come forward with accusations against the QB.

“Most of the cases allege the same, or similar, conduct,” Buzbee said of the civil complaints alleging misconduct during massages.

Of the several lawsuits filed Monday, ESPN reports that one “alleges Deshaun Watson assaulted and harassed the plaintiff over two sessions ‘by grabbing Plaintiff’s buttocks and vagina, touching her with his penis and trying to force her to perform oral sex on him.’”

The women in the lawsuits — all of whom are referred to as Jane Doe — are said to be licensed massage therapists.

“We have filed 14 cases so far,” Buzbee said. “Most of the cases allege the same, or similar, conduct.”

Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin said Watson will publicly address the allegations of sexual assault in the coming days. The NFL announced last week the matter is under review.

OutKick’s Clay Travis weighed in on the situation this morning, tweeting “A 14th sexual assault lawsuit by a 14th different woman has now been filed against Deshaun Watson. I can’t remember this many sexual assault allegations ever being levied against any current athlete ever.”

*This is an ongoing story. Check back with OutKick for more updates.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. OK, now I have another question. How many massage therapists can someone have without one believing there’s obviously another motivation? (He must be seeking…the PERFECT massage. That’s it! But alas, 24 was but another failure in his quest. (Dialing Miss 25…))

  2. 24? Either he’s a known predator with a large clientele or this is starting to look more like setup territory

    With that many there has to be an obvious paper trail, videotape of him frequenting parlors or something…otherwise this is getting into mind blowing territory. Was he getting daily massages?

  3. A lot of unanswered questions. They do say where there’s smoke there’s fire. I believe in innocent until proven guilty, but one has to wonder why did he possibly frequent so many therapists? Is it because maybe they’re telling the truth and that he possibly tried these moves on each and when they didn’t follow through, he went to the next one? Or, maybe he did do these things and paid these women cash, so there was no paper trail, then went to the next one in hopes that he paid enough hush money to the last one. Or, quite possibly, this is all false accusations and it’s a money grab by these women and their lawyer.

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