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Three More Women File Lawsuits Against NFL Quarterback Deshaun Watson, Alleging Sexual Misconduct During Massage Sessions
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is now facing 19 lawsuits by women claiming he harassed and, in some cases, assaulted them during massage therapy sessions.
Three new women have accused NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment during massage sessions—bringing the total number of lawsuits against the Houston Texans star to 19.
The latest accusers have alleged in separate lawsuits brought by attorney Anthony Buzbee that Watson exposed himself and touched the women with his penis as part of a “disturbing pattern” of behavior during massage sessions, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
"Plaintiffs have not brought these cases for money or attention; instead Plaintiffs seek a change in behavior with regard to Watson, and a change of culture in the NFL," one of the lawsuits reads.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said last week after a series of allegations against the football player began to surface that “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false,” according to ESPN.
Watson also directly denied any wrongdoing.
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said after the first lawsuit was filed, according to NBC News.
In the latest lawsuits filed Monday, one of the women—a flight attendant and massage therapist who crossed paths with Watson in November 2020 while she was a massage therapy student—said the quarterback purposefully touched her with his penis and ejaculated onto her, allegedly telling her at one point during the sessions “don’t be scared.”
The woman reportedly worked with Watson on two separate occasions. During the final session, she alleges that while laying on his back he got an erection and directed her to work on his groin area “aggressively moving his penis towards” her hand before he ejaculated onto her arm and hand, according to lawsuit. Although the woman was “disturbed,” she quickly finished the session. But just a few minutes after leaving, Watson allegedly texted her and asked for another massage that same day.
“I see you’re getting comfortable with certain techniques and areas,” he wrote, according to the suit.
The woman declined to work with him any longer, but he began to “text her incessantly almost every day” asking for another massage, the lawsuit alleges.
A second woman, who owns her own business in Houston, said Watson was referred to her by a mutual friend sometime in 2020. She saw Watson for three massage appointments but has alleged in a lawsuit that each time his behavior got “progressively worse.”
During one appointment he allegedly asked her to massage “between his penis and testicles.” The woman refused, alleging that Watson then continued to move his penis toward her hand.
In the final session, the woman alleged that Watson “continuously and purposely touched” her with his penis and said she believed he wanted to have sex with her.
“After the session, Plaintiff told Watson she was firing him as her client,” the lawsuit states, adding that she felt “violated, disgusted and used” by the encounter.
The third woman to file a lawsuit Monday recounted a similar story, saying Watson reached out to her via a direct message on Instagram in October of 2020 to set up a massage appointment.
The woman, a licensed massage therapist who owns her own business in Houston, alleges in the lawsuit that Watson continued to ask her to use her hands to massage the inside of his legs near his penis, telling her at one point to “go further.”
When she refused, he allegedly told her “don’t worry no one is going to know” and then grabbed her hand and put it on his penis, according to the lawsuit. She said she pulled back “shocked” and told him no and the massage eventually ended.
That lawsuit also claims that because of the numerous lawsuits against him, Watson has been “deleting Instagram messages” and “contacting those who formally provided him massages, in an attempt to settle”—an allegation his attorney has vehemently denied.
"Like a lot of people, Deshaun regularly deletes past Instagram messages," Hardin said in a statement Monday to ESPN. "That said, he has not deleted any messages since March 15th, the day before the first lawsuit was filed. We categorically deny that he has reached out directly to his accusers in an attempt to settle these cases."
Earlier this month, Buzbee said he planned to submit affidavits and evidence from several of the women accusing the football player of misconduct to the Houston Police Department and District Attorney’s Office.
Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney, said in a statement last week that it would be “inappropriate” for the office to comment on the civil lawsuits, ESPN reports.