UPDATE: Three additional lawsuits against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson were filed on Monday, March 22, alleging the NFL star of unwanted sexual advances while under the guise of a massage therapy session, ABC13 reports. This brings the total number of lawsuits to 10.
Pressure is mounting on Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, but not from opposing defensive linemen, but rather, myriad lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct.
Flamboyant and high-profile Houston attorney Tony Buzbee recently filed some seven lawsuits against Watson. Now, Buzbee is ready to add five more against the disgruntled franchise star.
Buzbee’s firm has been contacted by the Houston Police Department over a potential criminal investigation into Watson’s activity, the attorney said at a March 19 press conference. Ten more women are in contact with Buzbee’s office with similar allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.
However, in a tweet, HPD noted:
At this time, HPD is unaware of any contact between HPD and Houston attorney Tony Buzbee regarding the allegations contained in his recently filed lawsuits and no incident reports regarding these allegations have been filed in our jurisdiction.
Lawsuits filed against Watson claim sexual misconduct during massage sessions last year at various locations and that Watson “committed civil assault.”
Most of these women work in the massage industry and for the most part are licensed professionals, Buzbee notes. Some are married, engaged, and are single mothers. Others are seeing psychotherapy after these alleged activities, which happened as recently as “this month,” Buzbee said.
“This case isn’t about money,” Buzbee said, adding that he wasn’t seeking fame, as “I don’t need it.” (Buzbee noted he “stopped counting at 10 death threats.”) The lawyer also sought to dispel rumors that the suits are a ploy to discredit Watson.
Meanwhile, the Houston Texans released the following statement:
We became aware of a civil lawsuit involving Deshaun Watson through a social media post last night.
This is the first time we heard of the matter, and we hope to learn more soon. We take accusations of this nature that involve anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously.
We will await further information before making any additional statements on this incident.