Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson to face 24th civil case, attorney says
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to face mounting civil cases accusing him of sexual misconduct during massage parlor sessions.
On Tuesday, a woman filed a new lawsuit against Watson, to become the 23rd civil suit filed against him for alleged sexual misconduct. But it may not be the last, according Attorney Tony Buzbee who represents all women who have brought lawsuits against Watson.
Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans reacts to a penalty in the second quarter during their game against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on November 22, 2020, in Houston, Texas.
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“I will be filing a 24th case soon,” Buzbee told the Associated Press in a text message, without providing details on the case.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday states that the plaintiff had three encounters with Watson during massage sessions, which started during the summer of 2020.
During the final massage, the lawsuit alleges that Watson exposed himself, touched the woman between her legs, and requested that the woman have sex with him, USA Today reported.
Cleveland Browns new quarterback Deshaun Watson enters a news conference at the NFL football team’s training facility, on March 25, 2022, in Berea, Ohio.
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The woman decided not to file a lawsuit against Watson until she watched HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” segment on the quarterback last week, the lawsuit stated.
In that piece, Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes, two of the 22 other plaintiffs with civil suits pending against Watson for alleged sexual misconduct, went into graphic detail about what they said occurred during their sessions.
Both women also criticized the massive contract Watson received following his trade from the Houston Texans to the Browns.
A pair of grand juries in Texas declined to bring criminal charges against the quarterback. Watson has denied that he intentionally acted and has denied all claims in nearly two dozen civil lawsuits against him.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates a touchdown during the team’s NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis.
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“I’ve never assaulted or disrespected or harassed any woman in my life. Watson stated that he has never done the things that are being accused during his first news conference.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin said his client “vehemently denies the allegations, just as he has since she first discussed them with members of our firm in March of last year,” the outlet reported.
Watson could still face discipline from the NFL over the allegations.
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