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Deshaun Watson’s attorney accuses 22 women suing his client for sexual misconduct of lying

In a legal response filed Monday in Texas, the attorney for Deshaun Watson characterized the 22 sexual misconduct lawsuits his client faces as ‘an avalanche of false accusations’ and says his investigators have learned that many of the plaintiffs are misrepresenting their interactions with the 25-year-old Houston Texans quarterback.

Attorney Rusty Hardin made Watson’s case in a response filed Monday to the 22 lawsuits pending against Watson in Harris County, Texas. One woman withdrew her case out of privacy concerns once the court ordered the names of the accusers to be part of their individual civil suits last week, but another woman soon filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit of her own to keep the total at 22.

‘We and Mr. Watson take allegations of sexual misconduct against women very seriously, as we all should,’ Hardin said in a separate statement he released Monday afternoon. ‘In the few days since his accusers’ names have been revealed, as was required by Texas law, we are discovering an avalanche of false accusations.’

In a legal response filed Monday in Texas , the attorney for Deshaun Watson (pictured) characterized the 22 sexual misconduct lawsuits his client faces as ‘an avalanche of false accusations’ and says his investigators have learned that many of the plaintiffs are misrepresenting their interactions with the 25-year-old Houston Texans quarterback

Watson attorney Rusty Hardin said his client only engaged in consensual sexual encounters

Watson attorney Rusty Hardin said his client only engaged in consensual sexual encounters

The court filing summarizes Watson’s side of the story and states that after massage therapy sessions with Watson, eight plaintiffs ‘bragged about, praised, and were excited about massaging Mr. Watson.’

Another seven, the filing contends, ‘willingly worked or offered to work with Mr. Watson after their alleged incidents,’ three more ‘lied about the number of times they actually worked with Watson,’ three ‘lied about their alleged trauma and resulting harm,’ and five more ‘told others they wanted to get money’ from Watson.

‘It was not until the plaintiffs saw an opportunity for a money grab that they changed their stories to convert therapy sessions they bragged about to friends and family to something much more nefarious,’ the response alleges.

Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 plaintiffs, responded with a statement on Monday.

‘As fully anticipated and despite his lawyer’s previous statements, Deshaun Watson’s only defense is to call these brave women liars,’ read Buzbee’s statement.

‘The weak and vague allegations made in Defendant’s response are demonstrably false,’ he continued. ‘Watson can’t deny he sought out an unusually high number of women for massages on Instagram; he doesn’t deny he insisted on being nude or nearly nude; he can’t deny the massage sessions occurred; he can’t deny he wanted more than a ”massage”; and he hasn’t credibly denied that something bad happened during the session—he instead claims that any sexual acts were consensual.

‘Of course his definition of ”consent” doesn’t comport with that of everyone else. I have faith that the court process will sort out the truth as these matters progress.’

The 25-year-old Watson, in a statement after the first lawsuit was filed on March 21, denied all allegations. Hardin doubled down on that Monday in his own statement.

‘Only two of these 22 lawsuits alleged forced sexual activity, which Mr. Watson vehemently denies,’ Hardin said. ‘In the case of Shenee Lawson, her business manager acknowledged to Mr. Watson’s marketing manager that the contact was consensual, but she still wanted money.

‘And in the case of Marchelle Davis, witnesses state that Ms. Davis was happy and excited after she massaged Mr. Watson. … In addition, she told witnesses that if Mr. Watson had paid her off, she would have supported him instead of suing him.’

Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 plaintiffs, responded with a statement on Monday. 'As fully anticipated and despite his lawyer's previous statements, Deshaun Watson's only defense is to call these brave women liars,' read Buzbee's statement

Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 plaintiffs, responded with a statement on Monday. ‘As fully anticipated and despite his lawyer’s previous statements, Deshaun Watson’s only defense is to call these brave women liars,’ read Buzbee’s statement

The NFL is continuing with its own investigation into the women’s allegations.

The plaintiffs, most of who work as massage therapists or in other similar professions, filed separate lawsuits as Jane Does between March 16 and April 14, claiming that Watson exposed himself, attempted to coerce them into sex, and in some cases, touched them with his penis during private sessions.

Two of the women also sued for sexual assault, claiming Watson forced them to perform oral sex on him.

Buzbee had been reluctant to reveal the plaintiffs’ identifies over concerns for their safety, but according to his statement on Tuesday, his firm always intended to disclose their names to the court.

‘[The Buzbee Law Firm] previously attempted to make available to Defense Counsel the names of the plaintiffs suing Deshaun Watson, and intended to do so in due course,’ read Buzbee’s statement.

‘We were concerned about the safety of these plaintiffs, and asked the Watson team to agree to a protective order where the identities could be used in litigation, but not broadcast to the world,’ the statement continued.

Buzbee has submitted evidence of threats that were sent to Solis over social media, email, and text messages.

‘Ur a b**** for suing Deshaun,’ read one message. ‘We both know he didn’t do s*** to u… I hope u get raped later in ur life.’

Despite Buzbee’s insistence that he intended to reveal the plaintiffs’ names to the court, Hardin said in a statement last week that the accusers’ attorney actually refused to do so.

‘While I understand that anonymity often is used as a shield for victims, Mr. Buzbee is using it as a sword,’ Hardin said in a statement on Thursday. ‘While shielding his clients from public scrutiny, Mr. Buzbee continues to use their anonymous allegations to destroy Mr. Watson. This is simply not right. And we look forward to resolving these matters in court.’

Hardin has called the claims against Watson ‘meritless’ and has alleged they were made following a failed attempt to blackmail his client for $30,000. He previously accused the plaintiffs of being motivated by financial gain, saying that Solis originally sought a $100,000 settlement from his client.

Solis responded to that accusation during her press conference last week.

‘People say I’m doing this just for money,’ Solis said. ‘That is false. I come forward now in hopes Deshaun Watson does not hurt another woman.

‘We were all deceived into thinking Deshaun Watson was a good guy, and unfortunately we know that good guys can do terrible things,’ she added.

Hardin has shared statements from 18 other female massage therapists, who say that Watson acted appropriately during their private sessions.

DESHAUN WATSON’S ACCUSERS 

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson currently faces 22 lawsuits accusing him of various sexual misconduct.

The plaintiffs, most of who work as massage therapists or in other similar professions, filed separate lawsuits as Jane Does last month, claiming that Watson exposed himself, attempted to coerce them into sex, and in some cases, touched them with his penis during private sessions. Two of the women also sued for sexual assault, claiming Watson forced them to perform oral sex on him.

Now all of the plaintiffs have agreed to be identified after two Harris County (Texas) judges ordered 13 of the Jane Does to publicly disclose their names last week.

The following are Watson’s accusers who have been identified so far: 

  • Ashley Solis – Professionally licensed massage therapist who owns and operates her own massage therapy business
  • Kaylan Hurrington – Licensed massage therapists who owns and operates her own stretch therapy business in Houston
  • Krystle Da Rosa – Owns and operates her own stretch therapy business in Atlanta
  • Sheneé Lawson – Licensed massage therapist in Houston
  • Tangee Johnson – Licensed esthetician who works in a Houston spa
  • Lauren Baxley – Licensed massage therapist who works with athletes and owns her own business
  • Tavi Turner – Business professional who owns and operates her own fitness company
  • Kyla Hayes – Licensed esthetician who owns and operates her skin care business in Houston
  • Jessica Wright – Licensed massage therapist who owns her own business in Houston
  • Christina Lee – Professional masseuse who lives in Houston
  • Samantha Harris – a licensed massage therapist who owns her own business in Los Angeles
  • LaToya Johnson Hanks – Licensed in body contouring and skin tightening services in Houston 
  • Erica Chapman – A freelance make-up artist in the Houston area  
Ashley Solis (left) has said she now struggles to continue working as a massage therapist after Deshaun Watson (not pictured) exposed himself during his massage in March of 2020 before adjusting his position to force his erect penis into her hand

Ashley Solis (left) has said she now struggles to continue working as a massage therapist after Deshaun Watson (not pictured) exposed himself during his massage in March of 2020 before adjusting his position to force his erect penis into her hand

One of those massage therapists backed up Hardin’s claim last week, telling Houston’s KHOU that Watson behaved appropriately when he was her client.

‘Deshaun Watson has never asked me for any sexual favors,’ massage therapist Jasmine Brooks said. ‘He’s never harassed me. He’s never coerced me into anything at all. He’s always been super quiet.’

Brooks no longer works with with Watson, but said that has nothing to do with his behavior during their sessions.

Watson is not denying having sex with some of his massage therapists, but all of the encounters were consensual, according to Hardin.

Hardin did not put a number on the frequency of the sexual encounters, but did estimate his client gets between 120 and 150 professional massages a year.

One of Watson's former massage therapists told Houston's KHOU that he behaved when he was her client. 'Deshaun Watson has never asked me for any sexual favors,' massage therapist Jasmine Brooks (pictured) said. 'He's never harassed me. He's never coerced me into anything at all. He's always been super quiet.' Brooks no longer works with with Watson, but said that has nothing to do with his behavior during their sessions

One of Watson’s former massage therapists told Houston’s KHOU that he behaved when he was her client. ‘Deshaun Watson has never asked me for any sexual favors,’ massage therapist Jasmine Brooks (pictured) said. ‘He’s never harassed me. He’s never coerced me into anything at all. He’s always been super quiet.’ Brooks no longer works with with Watson, but said that has nothing to do with his behavior during their sessions

‘On some occasions, some sexual activities would have taken place,’ Hardin said. ‘I’m not going into what it is or the nature or the numbers or with whom but I think you can rightfully assume that.

‘Never at any time, under any circumstances… did this young man ever engage in anything that was not mutually desired by the other party.’

According to Solis’s filing, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, Watson exposed himself during his massage in March of 2020 before adjusting his position to force his erect penis into her hand.

‘Plaintiff abruptly ended the massage and asked Watson to leave her house,’ read the filing.

Solis said she was in tears as Watson left. On his way out, she said, Watson told her: ‘I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate for someone to mess with yours, just as I don’t want anyone messing with mine.’

‘I replay the incident over and over in my head as if I’m trying to wake up for some horrible nightmare, only that nightmare is real,’ she said Tuesday.

Later, Solis said, Watson reached out via text message to apologize for the incident, but she did not respond. Buzbee has since shared that alleged text message from Watson to Solis on social media.

‘Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable,’ read the text message. ‘Never were the intensions. Lmk if you want to work in the future. My apologies.’

Buzbee has shared a text message that he claims was sent by Watson to apologize to Solis

Buzbee has shared a text message that he claims was sent by Watson to apologize to Solis

Nike has suspended its endorsement deal with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations from 22 women

Nike has suspended its endorsement deal with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations from 22 women

A Nike spokesman did not respond to DailyMail.com's question about the specifics of Watson's suspension, like whether the company will pull ads featuring the 25-year-old quarterback or withhold his pay

Beats by Dre, a headphone manufacturer, has dropped Watson entirely, according to Front Office Sports

A Nike spokesman did not respond to DailyMail.com’s question about the specifics of Watson’s suspension, like whether the company will pull ads featuring the 25-year-old quarterback or withhold his pay. Beats by Dre (right), a headphone manufacturer, has dropped him entirely

Nike has since suspended its endorsement deal with Watson amid the allegations. He signed with the apparel company in 2017 for an undisclosed amount.

A Nike spokesman did not respond to DailyMail.com’s question about the specifics of Watson’s suspension, like whether the company will pull ads featuring the NFL star or withhold his pay.

Meanwhile Beats by Dre, a headphone manufacturer, has dropped Watson entirely, according to Front Office Sports.

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, led the NFL in passing yards last season. he is currently signed to a four-year, $156 million deal with the Texans, but has been unhappy with the club and reportedly demanded a traded following Houston’s 4-12 campaign in 2020.

The team has refused to trade him thus far.


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