Six other women filed civil lawsuits Monday in Texas containing allegations of sexual misconduct or assault on Houston Texas midfielder Deshawn Watson.
Watson, 25, now faces Collection of allegations of misconduct and sexual assault In Harris County Courthouse there are 13 women – including six massage therapists. The allegations stem from separate alleged incidents dating back to March 30, 2020. One of the women who filed the lawsuit on Monday alleges that the midfielder touched her genitals in an accident less than three weeks ago, on March 4.
Watson widely denied wrongdoing in a statement on social media last week, writing in part that he “did not treat any woman with anything but the utmost respect.” His attorney, Rusty Harden, A statement was released Friday The public is being asked to “have an open mind” before Watson issues a response to the allegations this week.
“I am extremely proud to represent Deshawn Watson and stand behind him entirely against what we believe are baseless allegations,” Hardin said in part of the statement.
All 13 anonymous women who brought a lawsuit against Watson were represented by millionaire attorney and former Houston mayor candidate Tony Buzzby, who said at a press conference Friday that his company had agreed to file lawsuits on behalf of 12 women but that she was also speaking out. With “more than 10” others.
Buzbee also said Friday that our “next step” will be to provide evidence and affidavits to the Houston Police Department and Harris County District Attorney’s office, who will then consider opening a criminal case against Watson.
When asked Monday morning about any contact with Buzbee, police spokesperson Victor Sintez referred USA TODAY Sports to Department statement late last week, Which stated in part that “no reports have been submitted of these allegations occurring in our jurisdiction.”
Dan Shiller, a spokesperson for the Harris County Attorney General, said: “It would be inappropriate for the OTP to comment in any way on a civil suit, and we refrain from publicly discussing allegations on any matter even and whether a criminal charge has been filed; we do so from A sense of fairness for all. “
The allegations in the six cases filed on Monday largely reflect those detailed in the remainder of the lawsuit. Five of the women claim Watson revealed himself to them during massages on April 19, August 2, January 21, March 4, and an unspecified date in July. Four of these women also claimed that he touched them with his genitals during the accident.
The sixth woman claims Watson extracted her genitals and attempted to force her to have oral sex during separate incidents in June and August of last year.
The lawsuits come as Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl honoree, seeks to leave Texas, who penned him with a 12th overall pick in 2017. ESPN reported in January that Clemson’s producer had become frustrated with management and ordering the trade.