HOUSTON, Texas (KETK) — An attorney said he represents four women who allege that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson assaulted them.
Watson said the allegations are baseless and that he will fight to clear his name.
In the first lawsuit, filed with the Harris County district clerk on Wednesday, a female massage therapist alleges that Watson engaged in inappropriate conduct sexual in nature while he was at her home in March 2020 to receive a massage. In the second lawsuit, a woman claims Watson took in appropriate actions with her on Aug. 28, 2020.
No other lawsuit had been filed as of Wednesday, records show.
Houston-based attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the women, released the following statement on his Instagram account on Tuesday:
“My associate, Cornelia, and I will file the second of what is now four cases on behalf of women against Deshaun Watson today. The cases allege assault. We won’t share the alleged details here, and we won’t try the case in the press, but the cases are publicly filed for all to see. I appreciate the calls of support that we have received from those who support these brave women. It takes a lot of guts to stand up to the powerful, when you are perceived powerless.”
The statement continues: “Since filing the first case yesterday, I have had several death threats and multiple people have harassed my children. The blame the victim (or her lawyers) mentality is alive and well!! I love football as much as the next person (although I’ve never been a Texans fan). But I don’t love it that much!! Makes me shake my head that people are so passionate about football to the point of irrationality, while at the same time they could care less who the mayor or president will be.”
He released a second statement (see below) on Wednesday.
Watson responded with a statement released on Twitter. “As a result of a social media post by publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me. I have not yet seen the complaint but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.
“The plaintiff’s lawyer claims this isn’t about money, but before filing suit, he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me — it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that,” Watson’s statement continued.
The Texans have released the following statement: “We became aware of a civil lawsuit involving Deshaun Watson through a social media post last night. 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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