Tony Buzbee wants Deshaun Watson’s cell phone in the worst way.
The attorney for the 22 women suing Deshaun Watson said the Houston Texans QB has “unsent” or deleted messages on Instagram and is pursuing two of Watson’s phones in an effort to recover them.
“Once we get those phones, whether you deleted something or not, Deshaun Watson, we’re going to know everything you’ve ever written and ever said and ever sent,” Buzbee said during a court conference Thursday in Houston. “And the same is true on our side.”
Buzbee said that he sent a letter to Watson’s legal team after Hardin’s claim, requesting that they preserve both of the star’s phones “that I know he owns.”
“And I know that after I sent that letter, Deshaun Watson unsent … his Instagram messages to many of my clients.”
Hardin, Watson’s lawyer, released a statement later that contradicted Buzbee’s claims.
“Deshaun regularly deletes past Instagram messages. That said, he has not deleted any messages since March 15th, the day before the first lawsuit was filed.”
Rusty Hardin s also requesting the social security and driver’s license numbers for four of the women who filed lawsuits against his client during a status hearing Thursday.
According to the motion filed by Hardin, “when the plaintiffs amended their petitions they failed to provide their known residential addresses, the last three digits of their social security numbers, and the last three digits of their driver’s license numbers, which are also required by law.”
The filing also states that “Mr. Watson further requests that the plaintiffs be ordered to replead within one business day, and that if any plaintiffs fail to do so, their entire petition be stricken and all claims dismissed with prejudice.”
The 25-year-old faces civil lawsuits by 22 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions in 2020 and early 2021.