Tony Buzbee, the lawyer who has now filed three lawsuits on behalf of massage therapists who were allegedly sexually assaulted by Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, promises he’s not done filing cases against the 25-year-old.
In a statement posted to Instagram Wednesday night, Buzbee opened up on his role in filing these lawsuits. The former neighbor of the late Bob McNair, the Texans founder, got a few things off his chest.
“Third lawsuit of now six to be filed, against Deshaun Watson, alleging assault. This one is the most egregious, to date,” Buzbee said. In the third lawsuit, Buzbee’s client alleges Watson forced her to perform oral sex on him.
“Again, I won’t share details here, but we have open courts in our Texas Constitution, meaning all lawsuits are public record. Our staff has received numerous calls. We screen each one, and I personally talk with and screen any individual on whose behalf we file.
“I’ve been doing this a long time. I don’t need ‘fame,’ and, to be quite honest, and I say this as modestly as I can, if I never made another penny I would be quite okay. Point is, I’m not pursuing these cases for the money, and every woman who has filed thus far has only plead the minimum amount to invoke the court’s jurisdiction ($500).
“This isn’t about the money!! And to be clear: I’ve had many high profile cases in my life. I represented a sitting governor when he faced life in prison. I’ve represented widows, orphans, amputees, and those horribly burned or injured. As lead, I’ve handled many mass torts and class actions recovering hundreds of millions of dollars.
“I’ve tried and won some of the largest cases in Texas history. But, I will say I’ve never faced the nastiness and vitriol I’ve experienced in this case. People are crazy! Threatening my kids? People I know? Threatening my fiancé? Telling me they will kill me or they hope I die? All because of football?? Get a grip!!
“Yet: We won’t be deterred or intimidated by key board warriors. As a Recon Marine I’ve seen danger—I’m not at all concerned by dumb shits with a keyboard. Haha. I’ll continue to proudly represent those who are written off and marginalized in our society. These cases are exactly why many of us became lawyers.”
According to a 2013 report by the New York Times, Buzbee is a well-known trial lawyer in Texas where he’s served on the Texas A&M Board of Regents, he’s served as chairman of the Galveston County Democratic Party, contributed significant money to Rick Perry’s governor bid, and has been called a “big, mean, ambitious, tenacious, fire-breathing Texas trial lawyer.”
Buzbee has run for office as a Democrat, he’s a former Marine, and he’s considered one of the most successful trial lawyers in Texas. In 2010, the New York Times Magazine wrote a massive front-page feature on Buzbee where it’s noted that “his firm had won the largest single verdict against BP in the history of the company.”
That’s who’s filing these lawsuits. It’s not some rookie just out of law school.