Lawyer Tony Buzbee said on Friday that he represented 12 clients that will sue Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Monday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reported that the official number has now reached to 11.
“One lawsuit filed Monday alleges that Watson assaulted a massage therapist in March 2021 by “touching her with his penis and exposing himself.”
Another of Monday’s lawsuits is centered on two massage sessions, one in June 2020 and one in August 2020, in which Watson is alleged to have harassed a woman by “grabbing Plaintiff’s buttocks and vagina, touching her with his penis and trying to force her to perform oral sex on him.” This lawsuit alleges that the first massage was booked through a spa and the second through Instagram, where the woman says she “did not realize that Watson was a returning client.”
The third lawsuit centers on an incident that allegedly took place in January 2021 and accuses Watson of exposing himself to a massage therapist, “touching her with his penis and making sexually suggestive comments.”
The fourth lawsuit accuses Watson of harassing a massage therapist and exposing himself to the woman in August 2020.”
At Friday’s press conference, Buzbee added that he was contacted by at least 10 more women as well with similar allegations.
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said that the allegations against the quarterback are “meritless.”
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said in his statement after the first accusation.
Buzbee also informed reporters that he spoke to Watson’s representatives about one of the sexual assault allegations back in February.
Watson responded on Twitter by saying that he rejected “a baseless six-figure settlement demand” and that this is “about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.”