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Tony Buzbee says Deshaun Watson made some masseuses sign NDAs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Houston Police says they have not heard from Tony Buzbee about Watson allegations

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Houston Police shared a statement on Twitter Friday regarding the Deshaun Watson situation.

On Tuesday, Texas attorney Tony Buzbee said he had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman claiming Watson went too far with her sexually. Since then, Buzbee has continued to provide updates on the case daily. On Friday, Buzbee said he had spoken with nearly two dozen women about potential complaints involving the Texans quarterback. The complaints stem from Watson’s alleged behavior during massages from various women.

During a press conference on Friday, Buzbee said he had been contacted by Houston Police about the situation. Buzbee said he would submit a packet of information to them.

In response, Houston Police said that they were unaware of any contact between the police and Buzbee. They said they were unaware of any incident reports being filed in their jurisdiction.

Buzbee said that when he reached out to Watson’s agent about the allegations, he was dismissed with “incredible arrogance.” Buzbee says that led him to take the situation public.

Deshaun Watson facing allegations from as many as 22 women

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The allegations against Deshaun Watson have been piling up this week, and attorney Tony Buzbee says he and his firm have spoken with nearly two dozen women about potential cases involving the Houston Texans quarterback.

Buzbee, who is representing women in seven sexual assault lawsuits against Watson, held a press conference on Friday. The attorney said he will be filing five more cases and has spoken to 10 additional women about their experiences with Watson. That brings the total to 22, and Buzbee encouraged others to come forward.

“If you are a victim of sexual assault, contact our office, we want to hear your story and we want your voice to be heard,” Buzbee said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “Most of these women work in the massage industry. Some work at spas, some from their homes. These are, for most part, licensed professionals. Many are single mothers. All of the cases we have filed and we have vetted them very carefully allege the same or very similar conduct.”

The most recent instance of alleged misconduct from Watson took place this month, according to Buzbee. One of the clients represented by Buzbee says Watson acted inappropriately toward her even after Buzbee’s office had correspondence with Watson’s legal team.

Buzbee recently revealed in an unrelated social media post that he is a neighbor of Texans owner Cal McNair, which led to some speculation that the team could have had a role in the original lawsuit that was filed. Buzbee said Friday that he does live near the McNair family but insisted the case has nothing to do with the Texans.

All of the alleged victims work in the massage industry and had similar experiences with Watson, according to Buzbee. At least one of the women said she performed non-consensual oral sex on Watson. You can read the details from that particular case here.

Watson adamantly denied the allegations after news of the first lawsuit surfaced on Tuesday and said he is looking forward to clearing his name. His agent took to Twitter on Friday to accuse the alleged victims of lying for financial gain.

Deshaun Watson’s agent suggests women are lying

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A total of seven sexual assault lawsuits have been filed against Deshaun Watson, and the Houston Texans quarterback’s agent issued a response to the allegations on Friday.

Watson’s agent David Mulugheta sent a tweet shortly after four new lawsuits were filed against his client, bringing the total to seven. Mulugheta implied that the alleged victims are taking part in an organized money grab.

Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the women who are suing Watson, says there are a total of nine victims. All of the allegations are related to Watson receiving massages. Buzbee shared screenshots of text messages on social media Thursday that claim to show Watson apologizing for making one of the massage therapists feel uncomfortable. You can see the text messages here.

Mulugheta has had a busy offseason with Watson, as he is also trying to help the Pro Bowler force his way out of Houston. The agent ripped the Texans in a tweet earlier this offseason that he later deleted.

Watson adamantly denied the allegations after news of the first lawsuit surfaced on Tuesday and said he is looking forward to clearing his name.

Four more sexual assault lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson

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Deshaun Watson is now facing a total of seven sexual assault lawsuits, and at least two more are expected in the coming days.

Four more sexual assault lawsuits have been filed against Watson, according to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the alleged victims, has said there will be nine total cases against Watson that all include similar allegations.

All of the suits are civil in nature, and it’s unclear at this point if law enforcement is planning to get involved. Houston police declined to comment to ESPN when asked if they are investigating any of the allegations against Watson.

Watson adamantly denied the allegations after news of the first lawsuit surfaced on Tuesday and said he is looking forward to clearing his name. The Houston Texans quarterback has not issued further comment as the cases continue to pile up.

Buzbee shared some screenshots of text messages on social media Thursday that claim to show Watson apologizing to a masseuse for making her feel uncomfortable. You can see the alleged conversations here.

The NFL is investigating the claims, and it’s possible Watson could face disciplinary action even though the suits are civil.

One of the women who is suing Watson says she was forced to perform oral sex on the quarterback. You can see the details from the one of the latest lawsuits here.