Six extra ladies filed civil lawsuits Monday in Texas containing allegations of sexual misconduct or assault in opposition to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson, 25, is now going through an array of sexual misconduct and assault claims in Harris County District Courtroom from 13 ladies – together with six therapeutic massage therapists. The claims stem from separate alleged incidents that date to March 30, 2020. One of many ladies who filed go well with Monday alleges that the quarterback touched her along with his genitals in an incident lower than three weeks in the past, on March 4.
Watson broadly denied any wrongdoing in an announcement on social media final week, writing partially that he had “never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.” His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, launched an announcement Friday asking the general public to “keep an open mind” earlier than Watson points a response to the allegations this week.
“I’m extremely proud to represent Deshaun Watson and wholly stand behind him against what we believe are meritless allegations,” Hardin stated in a part of the assertion.
All 13 of the unnamed ladies who’ve filed go well with in opposition to Watson are represented by millionaire lawyer and former Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee, who stated in a information convention Friday that his agency had agreed to file lawsuits on behalf of 12 ladies however was additionally speaking with “more than 10” others.
Buzbee additionally stated Friday that “our next step” could be to submit proof and affidavits to the Houston Police Division and Harris County District Lawyer’s Workplace, who would then take into account whether or not to open a legal case in opposition to Watson.
When requested Monday morning about any contact with Buzbee, police spokesperson Victor Senties referred USA TODAY Sports activities to the division’s assertion late final week, which stated partially that “no incident reports regarding these allegations have been filed in our jurisdiction.”
Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the Harris County District Lawyer, stated: “It would be inappropriate for a District Attorney’s Office to comment any way on a civil lawsuit, and we refrain from publicly discussing allegations in any matter until and if a criminal charge is filed; We do this out of fairness to all.”
The allegations within the six lawsuits filed Monday largely echo these which were detailed within the the rest of the litigation. 5 of the ladies allege that Watson uncovered himself to them throughout therapeutic massage classes on April 19, Aug. 2, Jan. 21, March 4 and an unspecified date in July. 4 of these ladies additionally declare he touched them along with his genitals throughout the incident.
The sixth lady claims that Watson grabbed her genitals and tried to drive her to carry out oral intercourse throughout separate incidents in June and August of final 12 months.
The lawsuits come as Watson, a three-time Professional Bowl honoree, is looking for to go away the Texans, who drafted him with the twelfth total choose in 2017. ESPN reported in January that the Clemson product had grown annoyed with administration and requested a commerce.
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