Attorney Tony Buzbee—who represents 24 plaintiffs that have filed civil suits—is not letting up on Deshaun Watson, especially after he held a press conference with reporters where he fielded questions regarding the growing number of lawsuits alleging sexual assault and harassment filed against him.
Last week, it was reported by USA Today that the Cleveland Browns quarterback would insist on bringing a personal towel to massage sessions, and that was evidence of his intent for sex and not simply a professional massage.
“This is the towel I’m gonna use,” Watson said he told a massage therapist in March 2020, according to the deposition transcript obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
This practice isn’t normal and is not advisable, according to a massage and spa industry expert contacted by USA TODAY Sports. Professional spas and massage therapists typically provide their own draping for clients. That draping also is usually large enough to make sure there isn’t any unwanted exposure if the clients are nude or in their underwear underneath.”
On Thursday, Buzbee took to Instagram and posted a video of Watson’s deposition where he answered a question on bringing a towel and an NDA to a woman’s residence for a massage.
“You brought a medium towel from wherever you were to Manvel, Texas to some lady’s mother’s house that you’d never been to before for a massage?”
“Right,” Deshaun Watson answered.
“You don’t think that’s a little bit strange?”
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“No comment at this time. You decide,” Buzbee captioned the video.
During Tuesday’s presser, Watson was asked why he should be believed over his numerous accusers.
“I understand that question and I definitely respect it. … I’ve been honest and I’ve truthful about my stance,” Watson said. “I never forced anyone, I never assaulted anyone.”
The current number of accusers is 24, but is expected to be 26. Buzbee said he expects his law firm to file a 25th lawsuit against the Browns quarterback “in due course,” as first reported by KPRC 2 in Houston Monday.
The league is currently investigating Watson, with commissioner Roger Goodell saying in late May that the league is “nearing the end of the investigation.”