Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson is back in the news this week, but not for anything related to football and trying to get himself traded from his current team.
He is now busy trying to clear his name after Tony Buzbee, the Houston-based attorney representing an alleged victim, told Fox 26 in Texas that Watson was getting a massage from the unidentified woman when the 25-year-old “went too far.” The allegations of sexual assault outlined in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Pro Football Talk spoke with a source and got more information:
“Per a source with knowledge of the allegations made in pre-litigation settlement efforts, the masseuse claims that Watson asked for her to massage “inappropriate areas.” She felt uncomfortable about the request, she asked him to leave, and he left.
As the source put it, Watson contends the allegations are false. Even if the allegations are taken as true, what’s the claim? In pre-suit communications, there has been no claim that Watson touched the masseuse or that he even made lewd comments. The allegation is that “some” of the places he wanted massaged made her uncomfortable.”
Watson rebutted the claim on Twitter after Buzbee made a social media post about the lawsuit.
“As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me,” Watson wrote. “I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I Have never treated any woman with anything than the utmost respect. The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected.”
Buzbee said he was “extremely proud to represent those who have no perceived power against those who have PERCEIVED power.”
“This case we just filed against Watson isn’t about money — it’s about dignity and stopping behavior that should be stopped, NOW!” Buzbee said.
The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback has a lot on his plate this offseason.
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