Deshaun Watson’s team answered the lawsuits filed against the Houston Texans quarterback on Monday, saying that he didn’t engage in any improper conduct.
“The answer to the question of whether we are saying that all 22 plaintiffs are lying about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Watson is a resounding yes,” the Monday statement by Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin reads.
Earlier Monday, Hardin and his team filed one overall response in each of the 22 cases, and in the court document, Watson’s legal team said the “lawsuits are replete with mischaracterizations of Mr. Watson’s conduct.”
“These range from being misleading, to fraudulent, to slanderous,” the filing reads. “Importantly, only two of the twenty-two lawsuits allege that Mr. Watson forced any type of sexual activity—an allegation Mr. Watson again vehemently denies. And even at this early stage of the litigation, the evidence obtained by the defense clearly supports Mr. Watson’s denial of these allegations of force.”
Hardin said in his statement that his firm and Watson “take allegations of sexual misconduct against women very seriously, as we all should.”
“We have waited to respond to the numerous allegations made by Mr. Buzbee and his clients until we could responsibly investigate,” the statement reads. “In the few days since his accusers’ names have been revealed, as was required by Texas law, we are discovering an avalanche of false accusations.”
The statement Hardin provided after the filing summarizes what the team provided to the courts.
“In the case of Sheneé Lawson, her business manager acknowledged to Mr. Watson’s marketing manager that the contact was consensual, but she still wanted money,” the statement says. “And in the case of Marchelle Davis, witnesses state that Ms. Davis was happy and excited after she massaged Mr. Watson.”
Hardin said Davis lied about being alone in the spa, and she knew there was a security guard present at all times when Mr. Watson was there.
“In addition, she told witnesses that if Mr. Watson had paid her off, she would have supported him instead of suing him,” Hardin’s statement reads.
He closed his statement, welcoming anyone with relevant information to contact his firm and said that he hopes everyone will take a “fair and measured look at these accusations as we go forward in these cases.”
On Friday, Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio said that the team is “respectful of the legal process” and that he doesn’t have “any comment” on the situation.
OutKick has reached out to Tony Buzbee for comment on Hardin’s statement, but have not heard back by time of publication.
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