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.”