Since March 16, nineteen civil lawsuits have been filed against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, accusing him of various actions during massage appointments over the past year.
Watson and his attorney have denied the allegations in the lawsuits filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, which do not name any women.
Here’s a summary of the alleged behavior, according to the lawsuits:
Multiple occasions in 2020 —Watson’s house.
The plaintiff, a licensed therapist, said she was referred by a mutual friend “sometime in 2020.” She claims the first massage was at Watson’s house and states that Watson refused customary draping and kept wanting to flip onto his back — when he did, he exposed his penis. The lawsuit states she agreed to a second session, where she was asked to massage his lower abdomen and groin area, the lawsuit reads.
She claims during the second visit, Watson caused his penis to touch her hands continuously. She states she decided to do a third massage and Watson again allegedly continuously touched her with his penis.
March 30, 2020 — at the plaintiff’s home in Texas.
The plaintiff has run a massage therapy business since 2018 and is a licensed therapist, the lawsuit states. Watson contacted her an Instagram direct message, and court records show that Watson asked, “Am I expecting to see someone else there. Is it just you.”
Jane Doe in this suit alleges that Watson exposed his penis and touched her hand with his penis. She claims she ended the massage abruptly and Watson told her: “I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate for someone to mess with yours, just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine,” records read.
April 19, 2020 — a Houston spa.
The plaintiff, a licensed esthetician who owns her skincare business, claims she was contacted by Watson through Instagram. During a massage appointment, Watson directed the woman to work on the crevices in his groin area, the lawsuit states. She states that when he rolled over onto his back, he had an erection and repeatedly touched her hand with his penis. He ejaculated, leaving the woman “confused and mortified,” the lawsuit reads.
May 28, 2020 — Watson’s home in Houston.
The plaintiff, a certified personal trainer who did not specialize in massage, said in court documents that Watson wanted to book with her anyway and told her he wanted to focus on his groin, glutes and lower abdominals.
She said the massage took place in a theater room, and that at one point, Watson exposed his penis and moved it to her hand. The lawsuit states Watson told her, “I hope you do not mind if we continue the massage like this.” The woman claims she started stuttering and said, “I do not know. I do not know” before ending the massage.
June 2, 2020 — at a spa in Houston.
The plaintiff has been in the massage business for about 11 years and is a licensed therapist who routinely works with pro athletes, per court records. She claims Watson contacted her through Instagram and later by phone, telling her he makes “a lot of massage therapists uncomfortable and it’s really hard for me to find someone who will meet my needs.”
During the appointment, the woman claims that Watson continually tried to remove towels and exposed his penis multiple times and moved “in such a way to make his penis touch Plaintiff.”
June 2020 and Aug. 17, 2020 — at a hotel and later a spa in Houston.
The plaintiff, who offers bodywork and stretch therapy classes, markets her business through Instagram, the lawsuit states. She claims Watson groped her buttocks and vagina, and she slapped him. She claims he later touched her hand with his penis.
On Aug. 17, 2020, she claims that Watson reached out on Instagram, and she didn’t realize the connection to her earlier client until he arrived. The lawsuit states that Watson apologized for his earlier behavior but during the appointment exposed himself, forced the woman’s mouth onto his penis and masturbated in front of her.
July 2020 — the plaintiff’s house in Houston.
The plaintiff offered Watson a teeth whitening and sauna detox when he originally reached out via Instagram for a massage.
Watson asked about Swedish massage, and she said she would try to learn it before his appointment, according to court records. During the appointment, the woman claims that Watson laid naked on his stomach and told her to massage the area underneath his genitals and anus before flipping onto his back.
The lawsuit states that as the plaintiff massaged his groin, Watson ejaculated on her face and body. She claims he then took her hand and had it touch his penis. The woman called a friend later that day to say what had happened because she was in shock.
July 15, 2020 — a home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The plaintiff, a licensed massage therapist, claims Watson contacted her on Instagram. He later gave her an address to a house in Beverly Hills where she was to meet him, court records state. When she arrived, she claims she was led to a room where Watson locked the door.
The plaintiff claims she took out mace, and Watson laughed but didn’t say anything. When the massage started, Watson asked her to massage his glutes and pointed to his anus, and the plaintiff refused, records read. When Watson flipped over, he had an erection covered by a towel, which he removed, the plaintiff claims. She claims Watson grabbed her hands and moved them toward his genitals and forced her hands onto his penis. Afterward, she said in court records, “I will not have you sign a NDA but don’t ever talk about this.”
Aug. 2, 2020 — a hotel in Houston.
The plaintiff offers various wellness services in homes, hotels and offices. Watson allegedly contacted her by Instagram to set up an appointment. The woman claims that, during the session, Watson repeatedly asked if he could be naked and demanded she focus on the buttocks. The lawsuit alleges that Watson told the plaintiff he wanted her to touch his anus with her fingers. After the session, according to the lawsuit, Watson was naked in the room when the plaintiff returned from washing her hands and he allegedly asked if she did more than just professional work “for more money.” The woman claims she immediately declined and told him to leave. Due to the incident, she left the profession, the lawsuit states.
Aug. 28, 2020 — at the Houstonian Hotel.
The plaintiff has owned a massage therapy business in Atlanta since 2019. She states in the court records that Watson contacted her through Instagram and flew her to Houston for his appointment. The woman claims Watson tried to get her to touch his genitals and exposed himself. She said she ended the massage and Watson grabbed her hand and arm and said, “It is OK. It is OK.” She said she pulled away. When Watson went to shower, she claims she left for the airport and did not respond to later requests from Watson.
Several encounters between Sept. 9, 2020, and October 2020 — Lawsuit 4 — at a spa in Houston.
The plaintiff, a licensed esthetician of nine years, offers back treatments and body scrubs, per court records. In one session, Watson asked the woman “what she would do about his erection,” court records read. She told him his behavior was inappropriate. In an October session, she claims Watson tried to put his penis in the plaintiff’s hand so she would touch it and moved his body so his penis would touch her hand. Watson insisted she focus on his groin, complained she was wearing too many clothes and tried to kiss her, according to the lawsuit. The woman said in the suit that she cut the second session short and Watson left.
Sept. 24, 2020 — a rented room in a Houston salon.
The plaintiff, who owns her own fitness company and offers body conditioning and wellness therapy, claims Watson contacted her on Instagram. She said Watson asked if it was OK if he got naked and “if he got aroused.” The lawsuit states that Watson moved his body to have his penis touch her hand later in the session, and when she moved away, she claims Watson then ejaculated. The lawsuit states the woman “felt violated and disgusted” and immediately stopped the session.
Oct. 19, 2020 — at the plaintiff’s office in Houston.
The lawsuit states Watson contacted the woman using Instagram. When the plaintiff, a licensed therapist, massaged Watson’s glutes, he allegedly asked her to “go deeper.” The woman claims she felt uncomfortable and stayed on his legs, and also declined Watson’s request to use hands instead of elbows. When Watson turned on his back, he was completely naked with his penis exposed, she states in the suit.
Watson allegedly told her to “go further” and use her hands on the inside of his legs, and she declined. She claims Watson offered extra money and said, “Don’t worry no one is going to know.” The lawsuit also claims “as a result of the repeated lawsuits against him, Watson is deleting Instagram messages, and contacting those who formally provided him massages, in an attempt to settle.”
Oct. 19, 2020 and November 2020 — at the plaintiff’s office in Houston.
The woman owns a bodywork and stretch therapy company that had been open for around six months. She said Watson contacted her on Instagram. The plaintiff alleges she was asked by Watson to work on his inner thighs and agreed to do so after he insisted. She claims in their second meeting, he allegedly kissed her before exposing himself and offering to pay extra if she worked on his buttocks and penis.
Oct. 8, 2020 — at a spa in Houston.
The plaintiff states she had never given a massage at this spa before, and her boss had assigned her to Watson, whom she said might require a non-disclosure agreement to be signed. She did not sign an NDA, records state.
When the massage began, the plaintiff claims she started massaging Watson’s lower legs. Watson later turned over and exposed his penis, the lawsuit states, and the woman continued massaging his inner thigh, lower stomach and sides as he instructed. Because his penis was exposed, the woman claims she had to brush against it during the massage. The suit states Watson told her not to be afraid to touch him, and the plaintiff responded that she was not paid to do that. She claims he told her that’s what he paid for, and that he left, paying only a third of what he was supposed to pay her.
Nov. 6, 2020, and Nov. 10, 2020 — in Pearland, Texas.
The plaintiff, a flight attendant who was studying massage therapy, said in the suit that she knew Watson through mutual friends. He reached out to her using Instagram. The lawsuit states Watson wanted to do the first session at a hotel, but the plaintiff declined, and he offered to drive to her mother’s house. Before the session, Watson texted her that, “I even have a NDA I have therapist [sic] sign too,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit states he flipped onto his back and his penis was exposed, and he tried directing her to his groin. She claims in the suit that he texted her, saying, “Hope that wasn’t bad.” The next day at 7 a.m., he allegedly texted for another session. She claims similar activity and states in the lawsuit that Watson ejaculated on her. She claims he subsequently asked “incessantly for another massage and she declined. The woman claims she reached out to a friend in the NFL and told him what happened, and that player told her “there is a thin line between physical therapy and sexual pleasure. The NFL player said Watson crossed that line over into sexual pleasure.”
Dec. 28, 2020 — a Houston office building.
The woman, a licensed massage therapist since 2018, claims Watson contacted her through Instagram. During the session, she claims that Watson instructed her to slide her hands across his genitals.
The woman states in the lawsuit she started shaking and felt intimidated and threatened. The lawsuit states that he forced the woman to have oral sex and that she blacked out for a few minutes from fear.
Jan. 21, 2021 — in Houston.
The plaintiff, a licensed massage therapist who owns her own business in Houston, states Watson contacted her on Instagram. As the massage started, she claims Watson asked if he could remove draping because he gets hot.
The woman claims she told Watson that he would have to remain partially covered and that the massage was strictly professional. The lawsuit states he exposed his erect penis and caused it to touch her hand.
March 5, 2021 — a massage therapy business in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
The plaintiff is a licensed massage therapist who owns her own business. She claims Watson contacted her on Instagram about a discount massage she was offering and during the massage, Watson made her uncomfortable and directed her to his groin area, court records state.
She refused, and Watson exposed himself and put his penis on her hand, the lawsuit states. She states she was shocked and moved away, and Watson dressed and left.