Deshaun Watson has 23, soon to be 24, pending civil cases of alleged sexual assault and misconduct, which stems from his dealings with massage sessions with over 40 different women.
At least three of Watson’s accusers worked at the same location under Houston spa owner Dionne Louis. Court filings show that cash app receipts and text messages have the Cleveland Browns QB paying Louis $5,000 for her work. According Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, Louis testified that Watson paid her this money because “he’s a nice person.”
Spa employee Nia Smith, who is the 23rd lawsuit, stated Louis facilitated sessions for Watson and knew he was attempting to have sexual contact with her therapists.
Smith points out that Louis invoked the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when asked about text messages she exchanged with Watson. Smith’s lawsuit includes text messages from Louis in which she says Watson gave her $5,000, and “I told you I’ll show you how to get money from men that’s my specialty.”
Reached by Schrotenboer, Louis said of Smith’s contentions, “All of that is ludicrous.” Louis also said Smith “has a pattern of doing this type of stuff.”
These civil cases are only going to get uglier as the months move on.
Watson is still awaiting his possible punishment from the NFL.