As of today, 16 women in total have accused Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Houston Texans in the NFL, of sexual assault. The latest update with the suits says that Watson exposed himself and touched himself inappropriately during massage therapy sessions back in 2020.
Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, filed a sworn affidavit, noting that the quarterback was facing an attempt of blackmail from one of the accusers. Watson manager claimed in the affidavit that this woman demanded $30,00 for indefinite silence in what she explicitly stated was a “consensual” encounter.
Los Angeles Assault
In one civil complaint, a woman based out of Los Angeles was contacted by Watson through his Instagram account. He asked if they could set up an appointment for a massage, which was on July 15, 2020. The woman eventually arrived at Watson’s Beverly Hills home for his appointment. According to the lawsuit, Watson led this woman into a room before shutting and locking the doors behind them.
Though the woman decided to pull out her mace beforehand, the appointment continued on. The complaint read, during the appointment, Watson was said to have grown more aggressive, forcing the woman to massage his glutes before taking out his penis and forcing her hands onto it.
According to the report, Watson told the woman that he would not have her sign an NDA, though she could never speak about this.
At a later time, he tried to set up another appointment with the woman, who ignored him. The lawsuit currently seeks out “minimal compensatory damages” for the woman.
Denial Via Twitter
The only thing we have heard from Watson thus far is denial through Twitter’s social media platform.
“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. I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other 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. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me — it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.”
The NFL is still recuperating from the Ray Rice scandal back in 2014, as they tried to protect the star running back after he punched his fiancee in an elevator. However, the Rice situation was quite different, as security footage captured all the evidence that was needed to suspend him.
After a successful appeal of the NFL’s decision, Rice was reinstated. By that point, however, his career had come to an end.
What Lies In The Future For Watson?
Watson’s case is different from Rice’s and there are still many questions to be answered. Was this blackmail? Were the relationships consensual?
Time is the only thing that can tell now.
However, what people are very aware of at this point is that the scale tipped in favor of the franchise and they are very determined to keep him playing.