Deshaun Watson Accused Of Sexual Assault In Seven Lawsuits
12:36 PM EDT on March 18, 2021
Two more female massage therapists have now filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault. The two additional lawsuits were both filed Wednesday in the Harris County district court by attorney Tony Buzbee, the same attorney who filed the first lawsuit against Watson on Tuesday.
There are now three civil suits filed against Watson and in an Instagram post, Buzbee wrote that there will be a total of six lawsuits filed against Watson. [Update, 3/19/21: Those additional lawsuits have now been filed, and the details from them can be read further down in this post.]
In the third suit, the plaintiff accuses Watson of forcing her to perform oral sex on him while she was giving Watson a private massage in a Houston office building on Dec. 28, 2020. In the second, the plaintiff accuses Watson of touching her with his penis while she was giving Watson a private massage in his hotel suite in Houston on Aug. 28, 2020.
According to the third lawsuit, Watson initially reached out to the plaintiff through Instagram in December 2020, and they scheduled a massage at a Houston office building. The suit claims that the plaintiff left the room when Watson arrived so that he could get undressed. When she returned to the room, “Watson was laying on the massage table with only a small towel covering his buttocks.” Watson then directed the plaintiff to focus on his “inner thighs” and “inner glutes” before he flipped over onto his back.
The suit says that the plaintiff blacked out for a few minutes from fear, and that she was so shaken by the experience that she defecated on herself.
According to the second lawsuit, Watson initially contacted the plaintiff through Instagram on Aug. 14, 2020. The suit says that Watson requested a massage specifically focused on his glutes and groin area.
The suit claims that Watson flew the plaintiff to Houston from Atlanta on Aug. 28, 2020 for a private massage at Watson’s suite at The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. Watson immediately undressed fully, and laid on the massage table with his penis exposed. The plaintiff requested that Watson cover himself and he refused, telling her that he, “gets hot easily.” The suit claims that during the massage, Watson repeatedly directed the plaintiff towards his anus, and asked her to work on the inner part of his anus before touching the plaintiff’s hand with his penis.
From the suit:
The lawsuit goes on to claim that Watson then grabbed the plaintiff’s hand and pulled her towards him saying, “It is okay, it is okay.” Watson only paid the plaintiff half of what she was owed, and several months later, Watson reached out to tell her he was in Atlanta and inquired about her availability. She did not respond.
On Wednesday, before the second and third lawsuits were made public, Watson released a statement in which he claimed to have not yet read the original complaint against him. He said that he “has never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.”
Also on Wednesday, The Texans also released a statement which said that the team is taking the allegations seriously and won’t be making any additional statements until more information is available.
The first lawsuit can be read here, as well as the second and third.
Four more women filed civil lawsuits against Watson on Thursday, bringing the total number of civil lawsuits against Watson to seven. Attorney Tony Buzbee, who has filed each of the lawsuits, said on Instagram on Wednesday that there would be a total of six lawsuits brought against the Texans quarterback.
On Thursday, Buzbee posted a letter from the NFL informing him that the league had opened an investigation into the allegations against Watson. He also posted screenshots of texts and DM, mentioned in the first lawsuit, that he claims were sent by Watson.
In the fourth lawsuit, the plaintiff, a professional who owns her own fitness company, accuses Watson of touching her with his penis and exposing himself to her during a private massage. In the fifth lawsuit, the plaintiff, a licensed sports massage therapist, accuses Watson of touching her with his penis and exposing himself during a private massage. In the sixth lawsuit, the plaintiff, a professional who owns and operates her own body work and stretch therapy business, accuses Watson of kissing her against her will, trying to force her to touch his penis, and exposing himself to her during a private massage. In the seventh lawsuit, the plaintiff, a licensed esthetician, accuses Watson of touching her with his penis, trying to kiss her, and exposing himself to her during a private massage.
According to the fourth lawsuit, Watson made contact with the plaintiff on Instagram. The plaintiff and Watson scheduled a session for Sept. 24, 2020 at a room that the plaintiff rents from a salon in Houston.
Before the session began, the plaintiff left the room so Watson could undress. When she returned, Watson was naked, laying on his stomach with only a small towel covering his buttocks. Watson then told the plaintiff to concentrate on his groin area. He then flipped onto his back and told the plaintiff that he wanted to remove the towel so he could be totally naked. Watson asked the plaintiff, “if he could be naked and even asked Plaintiff if it was okay if he got aroused.” The suit says Watson got an erection and he repeatedly moved his body so that his penis would touch the plaintiff’s hand.
From the suit:
The fourth lawsuit can be read here.
According to the fifth lawsuit, Watson made contact with the plaintiff through Instagram. Watson requested a massage and then spoke to the plaintiff on the phone, where the suit says he told her, “I make a lot of massage therapists uncomfortable and it’s really hard for me to find someone who will meet my needs…”
Watson requested massage work focused on his glutes and asked the plaintiff if anyone else would be around. They scheduled an appointment for June 2, 2020 at a spa in Houston. Prior to the session, Watson took a shower first, and the plaintiff told him to cover himself with a towel or to get under the draping when he was done. When plaintiff returned to the room, Watson was naked, laying on stomach and he refused the plaintiff’s attempts to cover him. As the session continued, Watson exposed his penis and moved his body to make his penis touch the plaintiff.
The fifth lawsuit can be read here.
According to the sixth lawsuit, Watson made contact with the plaintiff through Instagram. Watson set up a treatment with the plaintiff for Oct., 19, 2020 at the plaintiff’s office in Houston. Prior to the session. Watson told the plaintiff that he wanted sports therapy, which she thought meant working on his quads and heels.
The suit says that Watson undressed himself and covered himself with a towel. Once the session began, the suit says, “Watson started staring at Plaintiff in a provocative manner and told her not to raise the towel so high.” Watson began to pull the towel down, “in an attempt to expose himself to Plaintiff.”
Watson then told the plaintiff to work on his “inner thighs.” The plaintiff told Watson she did not do that kind of work, but he continued to insist on it, so she began to work on his inner thighs. Then she worked on his lower back and the session ended.
The suit says that Watson then reached out via text message for a second session on Nov. 2, 2020. When he arrived, Watson kissed the plaintiff, “without any notice.” The plaintiff left her office to confide in a friend, and when she returned, Watson was undressed and he exposed himself to her. He then asked the plaintiff to work on “his buttocks and penis area” and moved his body so that his penis touched her hand. Watson told the plaintiff he would pay extra for her to work on those areas.
From the suit:
The suit goes on to say that a few weeks later, Watson reached out to the plaintiff to see if she was available. The plaintiff told Watson she would not work for him.
The sixth lawsuit can be read here.
According to the seventh lawsuit, the plaintiff worked at a spa in Houston and offered various services like back treatments and body scrubbing. The spa scheduled Watson for a treatment with the plaintiff on Sept. 9, 2020. Before the date of the appointment, the plaintiff’s boss told her that Watson wanted a photograph of her and that, “according to her boss, Watson stated that he wanted to give Plaintiff a massage.” The plaintiff declined those requests, and then her boss told her that Watson now wanted her phone number so he could book with her directly.
Prior to Watson’s arrival at the spa, the suit says that Watson texted the plaintiff incessantly, asking her if anyone else was going to be at the spa. When he arrived, he requested to use the back entrance of the spa and he insisted that the plaintiff stay in the room while he undressed. He then laid on the table completely naked, and did not want to use any of the draping on the table. The plaintiff began working on his back, and Watson, “aggressively dictated the session,” instructing her to focus on his thigh areas and buttocks. Watson then flipped over and had an erection.
From the suit:
In October 2020, Watson booked another appointment with the plaintiff. The suits says that this time, “he escalated his behavior” and tried to put his penis in the plaintiff’s hand.
From the suit:
The seventh suit can be read here.
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