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Deshaun Watson Accused of Sexual Assault in 3rd Lawsuit; Lawyer Says 9 Women ‘Bringing Cases’ So Far

A third civil lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson accuses the Houston Texans quarterback of sexually assaulting a massage therapist, ESPN reports.

Watson is said to have forced a woman to have oral sex with him in December 2020, the article states.

This is the third civil case filed against Watson in the Harris County Courts this week. The first was filed Tuesday, and the court docket shows two additional complaints were filed Wednesday.

The other two lawsuits were related to two separate incidents in which Watson allegedly committed “civil assault” by touching a massage therapist with his penis.

The same attorney is listed as the filer in all three civil lawsuits.

After the plaintiff’s attorney took to social media to share information on Tuesday, Watson tweeted that he quickly rejected “a baseless six-figure settlement demand” made by the Houston defense attorney Anthony “Tony” Buzbee.

Buzbee said Tuesday that the first lawsuit was “about dignity and stopping behavior that should be stopped.”

“The masseuse in that case, identified as Jane Doe, said her excitement at receiving the business of a football player in March 2020 shifted to confusion and then fear after Watson repeatedly directed her to massage his groin area and eventually moved his body so his penis touched her hand, her attorney alleges in the lawsuit,” the Houston Chronicle reports.

Buzbee said he will be filing four additional lawsuits and that his firm has been hired by nine women to bring cases against Watson.

ESPN reports that Watson’s Houston-based attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he first learned of the lawsuits involving the quarterback Tuesday evening and agreed to represent him the following day.

“I’m real comfortable with the kind of person that Deshaun Watson is, and I don’t like to publicly comment until I get all the facts,” Hardin said to ESPN after the first two lawsuits were filed. He added that “the allegations are really inconsistent with the kind of person he is.”

The Texans and the NFL said Wednesday they are aware of the matter.

“We became aware of a civil lawsuit involving Deshaun Watson through a social media post last night,” the Texans’ statement said, per ESPN. “This is the first time we heard of the matter, and we hope to learn more soon. We take accusations of this nature that involve anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We will await further information before making any additional statements on this incident.”

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  1. Dang at this rate he’s going to make Cuomo look like a saint.

    Dominos keep falling…I’d be interested to know how often Deshaun frequented massage parlors.

    • To me that’s the crux of it all. He either was a serial creep at parlors, or the fact that so many are massage therapists makes it suspicious. Unlike Cuomo, however, regardless of it’s true or not, Deshaun is not responsible for murdering thousands of people. Which is what should be destroying Cuomo’s reputation, not the accusations alone.

  2. Is it a coincidence that this is happening at the same time he’s asked to be traded, wants out of Houston? At least several are masseuses. Massage parlors are often facades for whorehouses, or rub-n-tugs. It’s all a little convenient. Otoh, it could decrease his value in a trade. But I’m under the assumption the Texans really have no desire to trade him.

  3. I agree the accusations don’t lineup with the kind of guy Watson consistently portrays. He’s always been a respectful guy who speaks about his faith. Not saying that clears you, but it does raise doubts. He’d have to be leading a double life.
    Another warning sign for me is the post from the attorney representing the women. They may be right, but that looks fishy. I’m not sure anyone could think more of that guy than he does. I’m not sure I’d use 9 women’s alleged sexual assault to work in how awesome I am, but then again I’m not an ambulance chasing attorney.

    It’s awful interesting timing that this all comes out after a prolonged tiff between Watson and the Texans. Powerful people involved here. Just saying…

    • The lawyer is definitely a Personal Injury type but not on the ambulance chaser scale, think John Edwards, the guy is not small potatoes. That said, I don’t think he would be on the case if this happened in a Kraft type situation. I think the timing of it all has more to do with the violence in the massage parlors than the Texans negotiations, think about it, if you were a lawyer with a case like this and all that BS happened. I mean the guy is a plaintiff’s lawyer.

      • PFreedomNJ – you are totally misinformed. Tony Buzee is one of the ten to twenty best trial and plaintiff’s attorneys in the country who have secured 9-figure settlements and verdicts for his client. The fact that he is on this case not only lent credibility to these allegations, but also make it extremely difficult for Watson to defend. The way Buzee had laid this case out bit by bit so far is also ingenious: Watson’s side now has no idea how many more cases will be filed and cannot formalize a strategy and is forced to be in a reaction mode. Dusty Hardin’s also one of the best defense attorneys there is, but these things are certain: Watson will have to pay up for the cases to go away; Watson’s reputation is damaged; and he will be suspended based on the volume of cases.

        • you must not have understood me, John Edwards is the former VP candidate for the DNC and was a mega plaintiff lawyer. Not small potatoes. That’s why I said Buzee wouldn’t be involved if these women in the case were “massage parlor” workers similar the ones in the Robert Kraft case.

    • I don’t want to disagree with you because the jury is way out on this, but I’d like to add that on the other side of the fence, there are plenty of figures of faith that couldn’t let their dick get out of their own way.

      Think I’ll give this atty a pass for now. He is flexing pretty hard, but if ever I need an atty again, I’d hope for the same. Don’t care much for his tone, but whatever, he is getting far reaching free pub and putting his number out there. It’s ringing

      The volume of women here is pretty convicting. Started the week with 2, filed 3 by mid-week and has another 6 on deck by Thursday. Some of these fools gotta deal with 2 or 3. This cat is on pace for a dozen in just a week.

      Not sure the theory that this is responding to his team role has much merit. Too many women and if just one gets burned, whole case burns. Pretty sure QB1’s feelings are about to get hurt.

    • I understand your points but it doesn’t make sense that the Texans would manufacture or be behind the lawsuits. Why would they want to diminish Watson’s trade value or sully his reputation to the tune of him facing a lengthy suspension. That doesn’t make business sense. I think it is all one coincidence. It also explains why after signing this mega deal before this past season all of a sudden Watson wanted out of Houston so badly.

      • Here’s what really bothers me and makes my BS radar go off. If the guy knows these women have facts and evidence that are convincing why would he go trash Watson before he gets to a courthouse? To me that indicates weakness in the case. Also, I don’t agree with this whole practice of trying cases in public rather than a court. It’s ripe for abuse. You can too easily destroy someone like this. Public opinion is rarely a good barometer of justice in countries that don’t burn accused people alive in the street.

  4. I’m not the world’s biggest Deshaun Watson fan, but this looks & smells fishy. All the Jane Does are “massage therapists” being represented by the same lawyer. Which leads me to believe Buzbee is a ma$$euse-chaser looking for a big pay day. How come in almost every instance, a flood of victims all come out with their traumatic story at the same time?

  5. For those who do not know: Tony Buzee is one of the ten to twenty best trial and plaintiff’s attorneys in the country who have secured 9-figure settlements and verdicts for his client.

    https://www.txattorneys.com/tony-buzbee/

    The fact that he is on this case not only lent credibility to these allegations, but also make it extremely difficult for Watson to defend. The way Buzee had laid this case out bit by bit so far is also ingenious: Watson’s side now has no idea how many more cases will be filed and cannot formalize a strategy and is forced to be in a reaction mode. Watson’s attorney, Dusty Hardin’s also one of the best defense attorneys there is, so Buzee vs. Hardin will be a good one to watch. Think these cases will be dragged out….for Hardin to let the public blowback to fade as time goes by, but Buzee probably wouldn’t mind either to take time for discovery, to completely turn every stone in Watson’s history, and to ultimately video depose Watson (which will be a good show or a good slaughter).

    Prediction: Watson will have to pay up dearly for the cases to go away; Watson’s reputation is damaged; and he will be suspended by the NFL based on the volume of cases.

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