In May of last year, attorney Tony Buzbee expressed concern that some of his clients with accusations against Deshaun Watson “did not feel like they were being respected” during voluntary interviews with NFL investigators.
One of those clients is Lauren Baxley, who is now speaking out yet again in the wake of the Cleveland Browns trading for Deshaun Watson.
In a letter that she wrote to The Daily Beast, Baxley revealed that fans are harassing her online and calling for her and the others to be raped and murdered.
“I wrestle with feeling it would be easier to not exist. Many survivors share these feelings, and some of Watson’s fans have expressed that they would like for us to be raped, imprisoned, or killed.”
“More than that, the choice to not indict Watson on our testimonies — that were deemed ‘highly credible’ by prosecutors and the detectives who worked our criminal cases — opened a floodgate of abuse, slander, and libel toward us on the internet,” Baxley wrote.
She continued … “The worst of the women-haters came out, declaring the no-bills proof that we were ‘prostitutes’ all along.”
Baxley stated how offended she is that people think she is wrong for coming out with her story.
“As someone who has faithfully strived to maintain the highest level of professionalism, and as someone who — in my entire career — has never experienced the type of behavior that Watson displayed, comments like that are not only infuriating and untrue, they are wholly shifting the blame from a serial predator onto unwitting and unwilling women.”
“I have worked with dozens of professional athletes over my decade-plus career as a massage therapist, and no session before Watson ever turned sexual in nature. I have worked with dozens of television and film actors through comic conventions, and no man has ever exposed himself to me, nor assaulted me in any way prior to Watson.”
In the wake of the accusations, Watson lost his deals with Nike, Reliant Energy, and Beats by Dre.
Watson is no longer in the city of Houston after he was traded to the Cleveland Browns and then they rewarded him with a $230 million deal.