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Deshaun Watson accused of sexual assault by two more women

Deshaun Watson

The sexual assault lawsuits against Deshaun Watson continue to pile up, as the Houston Texans quarterback is now facing formal allegations from two more women.

Two more sexual assault lawsuits were filed against Watson on Tuesday night, bringing the total to 21. One of the suits states that Watson has “unsent” messages on Instagram that he had previously sent to masseuses. That is consistent with a lawsuit that was filed on Sunday, which claimed Watson has been deleting old Instagram messages and trying to reach settlements with some of his alleged victims.

One of the new suits accuses Watson of making “obscene sexual gestures” while receiving massages, according to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. The other says the NFL star “purposely” exposed himself to a massage therapist, touched her with his penis, groped her, coerced her to perform oral sex on him and ejaculated on her.

The allegations in the new lawsuits are similar to the ones we have seen in the previous 19.

In a statement on Monday night, Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin said Watson has deleted old Instagram messages “like a lot of people” but claimed the quarterback has not deleted any since March 15th, which is the day before the first lawsuit was filed. Hardin also denied that Watson has reached out to any accusers in an attempt to settle.

One woman who is not suing Watson also came forward and made extremely troubling allegations this week.

Watson’s agent has publicly accused at least some of the alleged victims of lying for financial gain. The 25-year-old’s legal team also claims he was a victim of a blackmail attempt in at least one of the cases.

Dez Bryant upset more athletes are not supporting Deshaun Watson

Dez Bryant

Deshaun Watson has now been formally accused of sexual assault by 19 women, and there are said to be several more who have had similar experiences with the Houston Texans quarterback. As far as Dez Bryant is concerned, that is no reason for Watson’s peers to stop supporting him.

In a recent Instagram post, Bryant expressed sympathy for Watson and said he is “sorry you have to go through this bro.” The free agent wide receiver said he hasn’t seen enough athletes come out and support Watson.

“I’m sorry you have to go through this bro and I mean it from the bottom of my heart,” Bryant wrote. “This needs attention so other athletes will get out of the mindset of ‘it won’t ever happen to them.’ A lot of powerful people truly believe they gave us our powers… they only provided a platform….True or not Deshaun Watson is his name.. athletes protecting your reputation should be your #1 priority

“I dont see enough athletes supporting you out loud and hoping the best outcome for all parties involved. Thats our problem… we support until proven guilty…”

Bryant included a screenshot of a story headline that says the Houston Police Department has not received any evidence against Watson. That doesn’t really mean much, as all of the 19 lawsuits that have been filed against Watson are civil in nature. None of the alleged victims have pressed charges.

You can understand why very few athletes have offered support for Watson. In addition to the 19 women who have filed lawsuits, one masseuse who isn’t seeking any financial compensation came forward this week and made some very disturbing allegations. While Watson continues to deny wrongdoing, it would be unwise of his peers to support him without knowing the facts.

Masseuse who isn’t suing Deshaun Watson makes troubling allegations

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is facing a total of 19 civil lawsuits and counting from women who claim he sexually assaulted them, but those alleged victims are not the only people making troubling allegations against the Houston Texans star.

Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated interviewed a woman — called “Mary” in the story — who says she was subjected to inappropriate behavior while giving Watson a massage in 2019. SI reviewed messages and spoke with a witness to confirm the woman’s story.

Mary said Watson booked a 90-minute massage with her through another massage therapist in the area that gave her referrals. She said she used a towel to cover Watson’s body during the session rather than sheets, per his request. Roughly halfway through the massage, Mary says Watson threw the towel on the floor and said it was too itchy. She says she was “in shock” but continued with the massage because she trusted the other masseuse who gave her the referral and had never had any issues with the clients that were referred previously.

The woman says Watson told her at one point during the session that she “could move [his penis] if [she] needed to.” She ignored the comment but interpreted it is a suggestion to touch his penis.

Mary claims Watson thrusted his penis in the air multiple times during the massage. She initially wondered if it was a response to pain he was experiencing, but she later “recognized it for what it was.” She says she told the quarterback he needed to “calm down” before the session ended and she left the room so he could get dressed.

The SI story contains more explicit allegations that we won’t publish here, but the entire piece is worth a read.

Three new lawsuits were filed against Watson over the past two days, which brings the total to 19. One of the new suits claims Watson has been trying to reach settlements with some of the alleged victims.

Watson’s agent has publicly accused at least some of the alleged victims of lying for financial gain, which is why Mary’s story is noteworthy. She has not filed a lawsuit and said she felt inclined to come forward after Watson denied the allegations. She also said she is concerned about Watson being traded to a new team and treating masseuses in a new area the same way.

Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, says the quarterback is a victim of a blackmail attempt in at least one of the cases. You can read more details about that here.

Latest Deshaun Watson lawsuit claims QB is trying to reach settlements

Deshaun Watson

Three new civil lawsuits have been filed against Deshaun Watson, which means 19 women have now formally accused the Houston Texans quarterback of sexual assault. While Watson and his representatives have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, Watson may be trying to make some of the cases go away.

ESPN’s Sarah Barshop reviewed the latest suits that were filed, and one of them accuses Watson of trying to cover his tracks and work out settlements with his alleged victims. The lawsuit claims Watson has been deleting old Instagram messages and has reached out to women who have provided him massages in an attempt to reach settlements.

The allegations in the newest civil suits continue with the theme of Watson allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior during massages. One woman says she gave Watson at least three massages and that he intentionally touched her with his penis, according to Samantha Ketterer of the Houston Chronicle. Another woman, a massage therapy student, says she gave Watson two massages at her mother’s house and that he purposely touched her with his penis and ejaculated on her.

One of the women says Watson texted her before the massage and said, “I even have a NDA I have therapist sign too.”

Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing all of the alleged victims, said last week that Watson made masseuses sign non-disclosure agreements.

It would be noteworthy if Watson is trying to settle with some of the victims. While a settlement is not necessarily an admission of guilt, Watson’s agent has publicly accused at least some of the alleged victims of lying for financial gain.

Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, says the quarterback is a victim of a blackmail attempt in at least one of the cases. You can read more details about that here.

Tony Buzbee says Deshaun Watson made some masseuses sign NDAs

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson has now been formally accused of sexual assault by 16 different women, and the lawyer representing the alleged victims continues to rip the star quarterback publicly.

On Tuesday, Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said any claim that his client forced a woman to commit a sexual act on him is “completely false.” In one of the cases, Hardin says a woman tried to blackmail Watson after Watson and the woman had a sexual encounter that was consensual. Tony Buzbee, who is representing the alleged victims, wasted no time shooting that down.

Hardin provided a written declaration from Bryan Burney, who says he has been Watson’s marketing manager for three years. Burney claims he was contacted by a woman several months ago who was seeking $30,000 in exchange for her silence about a consensual encounter she had with Watson. In a Facebook statement Tuesday night, Buzbee questioned why Watson’s marketing agent would admit Watson had sex with a massage therapist whom he was paying. Buzbee also claimed his legal team will be producing evidence that shows Watson had that victim and other women sign non-disclosure agreements.

“My first reaction is that there have been so many massage sessions from Instagram that Mr. Watson can’t keep track of them — recall he, on Twitter, initially criticized me and denied everything,” Buzbee wrote. “I can’t tell you how many people have stepped forward to report similar conduct or provide information. That info will be released, again in public filings — not in the media. My second reaction is a question: why would his marketing agent admit Watson had sex for pay with a massage therapist, consensual or otherwise? We will also provide a copy of the non-disclosure agreement that Deshaun Watson and his marketing manager repeatedly insisted that Jane Doe (and others) sign after (and sometimes before) the ‘massage session,’ which she refused to sign.”

If Watson did ask massage therapists to sign non-disclosure agreements, there would certainly be questions about why he felt the need to do that. Athletes and celebrities often go to great lengths to protect their privacy, but it’s unclear what Watson would be concerned about with a professional massage.

Watson’s agent sent a tweet last week accusing the alleged victims of lying for financial gain. One woman who claims to have given Watson several massages defended the Pro Bowler on social media.

Buzbee says there are a total of 24 women who had similar experiences with Watson, with 16 having filed lawsuits. One of the latest, which was filed on Monday night, included more troubling allegations against the quarterback.

Deshaun Watson’s lawyer says one of alleged victims tried to blackmail QB

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson has had a total of 14 sexual assault lawsuits filed against him, but the Houston Texans star is maintaining his innocence. According to Watson’s lawyer, there is evidence of a blackmail attempt in at least one of the cases.

Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin issued a statement on Tuesday to media outlets including Larry Brown Sports addressing the allegations against the quarterback. Hardin criticized Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing the alleged victims, for creating a “circus-like atmosphere” and using social media to turn the public against Watson. He also said opposing counsel has made it difficult to uncover the truth by not providing the names of the women who filed the lawsuits.

According to Hardin, one woman attempted to blackmail Watson in January by demanding a large sum of money to keep quiet about a sexual encounter that was said to be consensual.

“I believe that any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false. And in the one case in which we have been able to identify a plaintiff, we have strong evidence showing the allegation is false,” Hardin said. “In January of this year, a woman attempted to blackmail Deshaun by demanding $30,000 in exchange for her ‘indefinite silence’ about what she stated was a consensual encounter. It is our belief this woman is the plaintiff in (one of the lawsuits).”

Hardin provided a declaration from Bryan Burney, who says he has been Watson’s marketing manager for three years. Burney says he was contacted by a woman on Dec. 28, 2020, which is the same day one of the alleged victims said she met with Watson. Burney claims the woman demanded a “settlement” of $30,000 to remain quiet about an encounter she had with Watson that was consensual but both she and Watson would want to keep under wraps. Burney says he then received a call from a man purporting to be the woman’s business manager who made the same demands.

Hardin went on to say that his legal team has received “unsolicited comments” from massage therapists who have worked with Watson and describe him “as a gentleman and a model client who never engaged in inappropriate conduct.”

Watson’s agent sent a tweet last week accusing the alleged victims of lying for financial gain. One woman who claims to have given Watson several massages defended the Pro Bowler on social media.

Buzbee says there are a total of 24 women who had similar experiences with Watson, with 14 having filed lawsuits. The latest, which was filed on Monday night, included more troubling allegations against the quarterback.

Deshaun Watson called ‘serial predator’ in latest sexual assault lawsuit

Deshaun Watson

The total number of sexual assault lawsuits that have been filed against Deshaun Watson is now up to 14, and the allegations in the latest sound quite familiar.

In the 14th lawsuit, which was filed on Monday night in Houston, Watson is called a “serial predator” by a woman who claims to have given him a massage in California last year. The alleged victim says Watson “assaulted and harassed Plaintiff by exposing himself to her and touching her with his penis,” according to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop.

The plaintiff in the latest civil suit says she drove to an address Watson gave her, where he led her to a room and “locked the doors behind him.” Watson then allegedly forced the woman’s hand onto his penis and told her, “I will not have you sign a NDA but don’t ever talk about this.”

The alleged victim said Watson reached out to her on Instagram in December and “(acted) as if nothing had happened.”

Attorney Tony Buzbee is representing all of the women who have filed lawsuits against Watson. There are 14 in total, and Buzbee told Isiah Carey of FOX 26 in Houston on Monday that 10 additional women have come forward and claim they had similar experiences with the Texans star.

It remains unclear if Houston Police will get involved, as they said last week that they had not heard from Buzbee about any of the lawsuits. All of the lawsuits are civil in nature, but Watson could still face disciplinary action from the NFL even if there is no police investigation.

Watson’s agent sent a tweet last week accusing the alleged victims of lying for financial gain. One woman who claims to have given Watson several massages defended the Pro Bowler on social media.

New allegations surface in latest Deshaun Watson sexual assault lawsuits

Deshaun Watson

The total number of sexual assault lawsuits that have been filed against Deshaun Watson increased to nine on Monday, and the troubling allegations continue to pile up for the Houston Texans quarterback.

Two new civil lawsuits were filed against Watson on Monday morning, according to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. One of the suits stems from an alleged incident that took place earlier this month. In the other, Watson is accused of touching a masseuse with his penis and “trying to force her to perform oral sex on him.”

Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the alleged victims, said Friday that one of the incidents took place after Buzbee informed Watson’s legal team of the allegations. Buzbee said he expects at least 12 lawsuits to be filed and that at least 22 women claim to have had similar experiences with Watson related to massages.

It remains unclear if Houston Police will get involved, as they said last week that they had not heard from Buzbee about any of the lawsuits. All of the lawsuits are civil in nature, but Watson could still face disciplinary action from the NFL even if there is no police investigation.

Watson’s agent sent a tweet last week accusing the alleged victims of lying for financial gain. One woman who claims to have given Watson several massages defended the Pro Bowler on social media.

Report: Interest in Deshaun Watson trade remains high despite lawsuits

Deshaun Watson

Multiple lawsuits against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson apparently have not diminished trade interest.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, multiple teams remain interested in trading for Watson, though they are monitoring the allegations being made against the quarterback. The Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos are named as interested teams.

Watson is facing numerous allegations of sexual assault. He could potentially be disciplined by the NFL under the personal conduct policy no matter what happens legally. It makes sense that teams would be monitoring the situation, and there may be some reluctance to actually pull off a trade as long as this matter is unresolved.

The Texans remain uninterested in trading Watson for the moment. The entire market may remain in a holding pattern for now due to the uncertainty of the situation, but it’s not chasing teams away yet.

Woman defends Deshaun Watson over massages

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is facing numerous allegations about his conduct during massages, but one woman is defending him.

A woman who goes by “Lala” on social media sent a tweet Friday about her relationship with Watson. She claims she has given Watson several massages, and “not once did it turn sexual.” She says it was “always professional.”

This woman does not have any significant information on her social media profiles, such as a full name, actual profession, or more about her identity. She does have lots of photos of herself in skimpy outfits though.

The attorney suing Watson claims to have allegations from at least 22 women. The agent for the Houston Texans quarterback claims the woman accusing his client of improper behavior are lying.

H/T Egotastic Sports