One of the 22 women to have filed a civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault and misconduct against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson dropped her lawsuit
“In light of privacy and security concerns, Plaintiff has decided not to pursue her case, for now,” the plaintiff’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, wrote in a notice of nonsuit submitted Tuesday. “Plaintiff reserves the right to refile this case once such concerns are addressed.”
Although that appeared to be a win for the Texans QB, things got right back to where they were when a Houston-area makeup artist accused him of sexual assault and harassment during a massage session.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the woman says Watson reached out to her in September 2020 asking if she was an aesthetician, to which she replied that she was not. She says Watson then asked if she provided massages, and she said “yes,” according to the lawsuit.
The woman claims that Watson old her “to dress comfortable in yoga pants or workout clothes.” When she showed up to his home, she reminded him she was not a licensed massage therapist, but he did not care and just went on to request a Swedish massage.
After massaging Watson’s upper thighs and glutes at his instruction for nearly an hour, he would soon flip over fully naked with his penis exposed. He then allegedly directed her to go closer to his genitals and anus, repeatedly” the lawsuit states. She wanted to remain professional, but Watson encouraged her to grab his penis.
She says Watson paid $160 via CashApp, but as they walked downstairs for her to leave, he allegedly groped her in a “touchy hug,” according to the lawsuit.
Watson would soon contact her again in November for a second massage.
Here’s how that went, via Audacy:
“This time, she says Watson started the massage laying naked on a bath towel placed on the floor, face-up with his penis exposed, the lawsuit states.
Throughout the session, the woman says she continued to explain her desire to remain professional, despite Watson’s advances, according to the lawsuit.
“It felt like eternity (sic), trapped, and he was not going to end the massage until she touched him like he prodder her to,” the lawsuit states.
The woman alleges Watson started moving his hips around and instructing her on how to touch him.
The lawsuit says she was “mentally beat, the pressure from Watson’s relentless instruction coercing her against her will left her powerless. In an effort to finally end the massage session, and with hopes to be free to leave, Plaintiff finally did as Watson had been instructing her to do for what felt like hours.
“Plaintiff placed her hand on his penis while he raised his hips masturbating himself. (Watson) sat up and he tried to lean in to kiss her, Plaintiff quickly turned her head away. Watson tried to stroke her hair, and kept trying to kiss her.”
The woman in the lawsuit also accuses Watson of groping her again, asking to take off her pants and ejaculating on her hand.
The woman says she rushed to the restroom to wipe her hands and quickly grabbed her bag to leave. The lawsuit says she was visibly upset by what happened.
She says she left so abruptly, she didn’t even think about payment, but Watson sent $200 via CashApp as she was driving home.
The lawsuit says the woman “now feels ashamed, embarrassed, deeply distressed and confused by Watson’s manipulating the massage and her into sexual coercion.”
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin has stated he did have some consensual encounters with a few of the women, but never made any of them do anything against their will.