One other girl has filed a lawsuit in opposition to Deshaun Watson, becoming a member of 22 others who accused the Cleveland Browns quarterback in civil circumstances filed in 2021 of inappropriate sexual conduct throughout therapeutic massage periods.
Within the 23rd civil case filed Tuesday in Texas in opposition to Watson, the lawsuit states that the plaintiff had her first therapeutic massage session with Watson through the summer time of 2020 and that his “habits grew worse.” Throughout the third and remaining therapeutic massage, she alleges within the lawsuit that Watson uncovered himself to her, touched the girl between the legs and “repeatedly requested” her to have intercourse with him.
In keeping with the lawsuit, the girl modified her thoughts about suing Watson after watching HBO’s “Actual Sports activities with Bryant Gumbel” final week. On that present, two different ladies, Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes, who’ve additionally accused Watson of inappropriate sexual conduct, criticized the Browns for giving the quarterback an NFL-record $230 million assured contract after buying and selling for him in March.
“It is identical to an enormous ‘screw you,’” Solis advised HBO.
Leah Graham, certainly one of Watson’s attorneys, advised HBO that Watson has “no regrets as a result of he did nothing flawed.”
“In that piece, plaintiff was struck by the braveness of the victims prepared to step ahead and communicate and was extraordinarily displeased by Watson and his authorized staff’s mistreatment and revictimization of the plaintiffs,” the most recent lawsuit states. “Nevertheless it was Watson himself claiming that even now he has ‘no regrets’ and has achieved nothing flawed that solidified her resolve. She brings this case looking for minimal compensation, however to acquire a court docket discovering that Watson’s conduct was flawed.”
Within the newest lawsuit, the plaintiff additionally alleges that Watson’s authorized protection contacted her to find out on the time if she was amongst those that filed civil lawsuits in opposition to the quarterback. The lawsuit states in that assembly Watson’s lawyer tried to “intimidate” her.
Rusty Hardin, who additionally represents Watson, mentioned in a press release later Tuesday that his shopper “vehemently denies the allegations” of sexual misconduct “simply as he has since she first mentioned them with members of our agency in March of final 12 months.” Harden additionally denied the girl’s allegation of lawyer intimidation when the edges beforehand met.
Two grand juries in Texas have declined to pursue prison fees in opposition to Watson, who has denied all wrongdoing. The NFL is investigating whether or not Watson violated its code of conduct coverage and interviewed the quarterback in person two weeks in the past as a part of its investigation.
On the league’s spring assembly in Atlanta, commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned he thinks the NFL is nearing the tip of its investigation however could not give a timeline for when a ruling is likely to be made.
The Browns didn’t instantly situation touch upon the most recent lawsuit. Tony Buzbee, the legal professional for the 23 plaintiffs, mentioned “different circumstances might come in opposition to” Watson.
“The Watson protection staff has vilified these ladies and this trigger,” he mentioned in a press release. “Disgrace on them! We look ahead to attempting this case in court docket.”