HOUSTON – Sources shared with KPRC 2 a nondisclosure agreement that Deshaun Watson sent to one of her accusers Thursday night.
While nothing is completed on the form, it does have the name Deshaun Watson written across the top.
According to court documents, 16 women have filed a lawsuit against the Houston Texans quarterback alleging sexual misconduct during massage sessions he allegedly established on social media. The allegations range from indecent exposure to inappropriate touching to allegations that Deshaun Watson forced a masseur to perform oral sex on her.
“If you are a top celebrity or top athlete, it is not out of the question that you want to keep your business off social media,” said KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice, referring to the nondisclosure agreement. “Most people may think that it is uncommon for someone to sign an NDA when entering a massage parlor, but if you are a celebrity or a top athlete, you need to make sure that what you do is kept out of the 24 hours. news cycle “.
But Wice calls the document sources say Watson sent one of the masseurs “amateur hour.”
“With all due respect, it seemed to me that someone just downloaded a standard nondisclosure agreement from the internet or maybe it went to NDAs R ‘Us. Nothing stands out in this NDA, ”Wice said.
According to sources, after the masseur returned the form to Watson, she asked Watson for a signed copy of the confidentiality agreement she had signed. Watson only provided him with a blank document without his or Watson’s signature.
“There is no law that requires it, but I think that, like any competent ethical attorney, you will want to make sure you have a copy. The only exception is if at the end of the day there is something that is not entirely kosher about it. Maybe you don’t want that additional signed copy circulating, ”he said.
The woman accuses Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, if that turns out to be true, Wice says a nondisclosure agreement would not stand.
“It is a matter of Texas law that you cannot induce someone to sign an NDA if the conduct you are seeking to isolate is illegal or illegal,” Wice said.
KPRC 2 contacted Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, regarding this confidentiality agreement. We have not received answer.
In response to the nondisclosure agreement, Rusty Hardin told KPRC 2 that he welcomes all the arguments they are going to make.
Earlier this week, Hardin said that these allegations against Watson are false.
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