HOUSTON – Another lawsuit has been filed against Deshaun Watson, alleging that the Houston Texans quarterback assaulted a licensed esthetician “by touching her with his penis and exposing himself.”
The lawsuit, filed Friday night and available on the Harris County district clerk’s website Monday, said “Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing and growing pattern.” It was the 22nd lawsuit filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee since March 16.
The plaintiff alleges that Watson “grabbed” his buttocks during a massage while his “penis was erect … and fully exposed.” The lawsuit alleges that Watson told the masseur that he had to sign a confidentiality agreement before he would pay for the massage.
The lawsuit says, “based on publicly available information, in a short period of time … Watson used more than fifty different women for massages” and alleges that “Watson selected all of these women through social media, primarily through social media. via Instagram and SnapChat. “However, some of the lawsuits brought by Buzbee refer to Watson booking a massage through a spa or another referral.
Buzbee has also scheduled a press conference for Tuesday in which he says he will “address important and significant developments in the Deshaun Watson case.”
Along with the 22 women who have filed lawsuits against Watson, 18 women released statements through Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, saying that they have worked with the Texans quarterback and that he “never made them feel uncomfortable or demanded. nothing beyond the scope of a professional massage … “Watson’s attorney said the statements were voluntary and from women who collectively” have worked with Deshaun more than 130 times over the past five years. “
It is unknown if Buzbee has spoken to the 10 additional women he referenced when he wrote “Watson used more than fifty different women for massages” in Friday’s lawsuit.
On Friday, the Houston Police Department said in a statement that it had launched an investigation into Watson after a whistleblower filed a report.
“As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process,” the department said in a statement. He did not specify what Watson is accused of in the complaint.
Hardin said in a statement later Friday that he and Watson “will cooperate fully with the Houston Police Department.”
“We welcome this long-awaited development,” said Hardin. “We will now know the identity of at least one accuser. We will cooperate fully with the Houston Police Department.”
Buzbee, in a statement Friday, said he was not personally involved in presenting the report to police. He wrote on Instagram early last week that he did not feel comfortable going to the Houston Police Department with information and that he and his clients “will go elsewhere to provide our evidence to investigating authorities.”
Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing and Hardin has said he believes that “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.”
The NFL said in a statement Friday that it “continues to monitor all developments” related to the league’s personal conduct policy, and the Texans said in a statement that they would remain in close contact with the NFL during their investigation.