Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-03-23 21:27:00 –
Matt Patterson / AP
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 6:27 pm
Houston-Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson lawyer accused of sexual assault and harassment in a lawsuit filed by 16 women, questioning allegations against NFL players on Tuesday, bringing clients $ 30,000 Claimed to have failed in an attempt to intimidate him.
In a lawsuit filed in a state court in Houston, women accused Watson of exposing himself, touching his penis, and kissing him unintentionally while he was being massaged. All women who sued Watson were licensed massage therapists or worked in spas or similar businesses.
Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin claimed in a statement that his legal team had “strong evidence” of accusations by women they believed had filed one of the proceedings.
In her proceedings, the woman claimed that Watson forced oral sex during a December massage, “blacking out for a few minutes” for fear of meeting Watson, leaving “fear.”
Hardin claims in January that the woman demanded $ 30,000 in exchange for “indefinite silence” with an agreement-based encounter with Watson.
Hardin has filed an affidavit from Watson’s marketing manager, Brian Bernie. He claimed to have spoken to a woman, who said she had to pay the price of her “silence.”
In his affidavit, Bernie also spoke with a female “business manager,” claiming that the demand for money was “in trouble.”
“He replied,’It’s blackmail, not blackmail,'” Bernie said.
Hardin said the attempt to blackmail Watson “questions the legitimacy of other cases.” “
Tony Busby, who represents the 16 women, did not immediately return the phone or email for comment on Tuesday.
“The alleged sexual misconduct is serious. Mr. Busby tries to criminalize or minimize those who speak or move forward in a statement posted on the Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. Is wrong. “
At a press conference last week, Mr Busby said the proceedings were not financial, as the woman was suing for $ 500 in damages.
Busby said last week that the case was about “women’s empowerment,” and women filed a proceeding “for one reason alone to prevent further illegal activity from this defendant and others like him.” Said he woke up.
Hardin accused Busby of creating a “circus-like atmosphere using social media” to publish the proceedings. He said Watson recognizes that “sexual assault and harassment are not only illegal, but also morally wrong.”
Hardin said many massage therapists who had previously worked with Watson described him as “a gentleman and model client who had never engaged in improper conduct.” ..
Two recent proceedings in this case were filed on Tuesday.Other 7 people Submitted on monday The rest Submitted last week.. The proceedings alleged that most of the assaults took place in Houston, one in Atlanta and the other in Beverly Hills, California. The first alleged assault occurred in March 2020.
Busby said he would submit evidence from several women to the authorities, but it is unclear if that happened.
The Houston Police and Harris County District Law Firm declined to comment on the allegations.
NFL it is investigating Allegations against Watson.
Watson was one of the league’s top quarterbacks and led the NFL in the yard through last season. He signed a four-year $ 156 million contract extension with the Texans in the last offseason, but was dissatisfied with the team’s direction as Houston sank 4-12.Watson Requested a deal In January.