Deshaun Watson’s attorney said his investigative team has found that the women accusing Deshaun Watson of inappropriate behavior during massage sessions aren’t giving accurate representations of their encounters with him.
Rusty Hardin explained how in April the FBI approached his team about Buzbee plaintiff Shenee Lawson, and was among those filing a lawsuit against Watson for allegedly forcing her into oral sex.
However, he decided to expose her by reading text messages from her showing that she tried to schedule more appointments with Watson even though she allegedly got assaulted by him.
“I’m gonna read to you text messages that she sent Deshaun Watson the very day after the massage that she says so traumatized her.”
Lawson: “Hey Deshaun. Just wanted to say thank you for trusting me with your massage today. I’ll be here till January 3rd if you’d like to get another one.”
He did not have a date for the next one, but still read it off:
Lawson: “I hope all is well. I just want to say I apologize for my actions. That was not me and if I could take back that moment..I would. I really devalued my integrity and profession. My sessions have never went like that..I feel really horrible as a person.”
“This is the woman who later in the lawsuit says forced her to have oral sex.”
“Only two of these 22 lawsuits alleged forced sexual activity, which Mr. Watson vehemently denies,” Hardin said. “In the case of Shenee Lawson, her business manager acknowledged to Mr. Watson’s marketing manager that the contact was consensual, but she still wanted money.
“And in the case of Marchelle Davis, witnesses state that Ms. Davis was happy and excited after she massaged Mr. Watson. … In addition, she told witnesses that if Mr. Watson had paid her off, she would have supported him instead of suing him.”
The NFL is continuing with its own investigation into the women’s allegations.