Another week, and yet another instance of dueling lawyers battling it out for position in the Deshaun Watson controversy.
Attorney Rusty Hardin was dead set on setting social media on fire today and he did that when filed an answer to the 22 lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson that says the Houston Texans quarterback’s legal team has “already uncovered evidence that numerous allegations in this onslaught of cases are simply not true or accurate.”
The answer says the lawsuits filed against Watson are “replete with mischaracterizations of [his] conduct.”
“These range from being misleading, to fraudulent, to slanderous,” the document says. “Importantly, only two of the twenty-two lawsuits allege that Mr. Watson forced any type of sexual activity — an allegation Mr. Watson again vehemently denies.”
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing the 22 women who have filed the lawsuits, said in a statement that “Watson’s only defense is to call these brave women liars.”
From Tony Buzbee:
“As fully anticipated and despite his lawyer’s previous statements, Deshaun Watson’s only defense is to call these brave women liars. The weak and vague allegations made in Defendant’s response are demonstrably false.
Watson can’t deny he sought out an unusually high number of women for massages on Instagram; he doesn’t deny he insisted on being nude or nearly nude; he can’t deny the massage sessions occurred;
he can’t deny he wanted more than a “massage”; and he hasn’t credibly denied that something bad happened during the session-he instead claims that any sexual acts were consensual.
Of course his definition of “consent” doesn’t comport with that of everyone else. I have faith that the court process will sort out the truth as these matters progress.”
Watson’s lone comments came when he posted a statement on Twitter saying he had not seen the lawsuit but had previously rejected “a baseless six-figure settlement demand.”
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said in his statement.
The NFL has launched an investigation into Watson under its personal conduct policy.