Carmen Mandato / Getty Images
Two women, Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley, came forward to identify themselves as plaintiffs in two of the civil lawsuits against Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson.
“Remember that name”, Solís told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday. “… I was scared. I’m not scared anymore.”
Solis saying Watson “assaulted me at my home.”
“I can no longer practice the profession that I love the most,” he said. “I went into massage therapy to heal people. He took that away from me.”
Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey, attorney for Lauren Baxley, read a letter from her client to Watson:
Mycah hatfield @MycahABC13
A letter is being read from another woman who filed a lawsuit against Deshaun Watson. That woman is not here. The woman called Watson a “powerful predator” in the letter and says he has a “meticulously designed facade to keep his victims in the background.” pic.twitter.com/Zh2WElSvb4
Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing Solis, saying she has provided a statement to the Houston police.
Solís went on to explain how she continues to be impacted by her encounter with Watson, according to Front Office Sports’ AJ Pérez:
“I repeat the incident over and over in my head, like I’m trying to wake up from a nightmare. Only that nightmare is real. Sometimes I blame myself, which is crazy.
“My hands shake when I place them on a client and I have to shorten the session. If you only knew how heartbreaking it is for me.”
Solís said the idea that money was his main motivation for filing the lawsuit is “false.”
“I come forward now in the hope that Deshaun Watson will not hurt another woman,” he said. told reporters.
Pérez shared a copy of Solís’s formal complaint. She was the first of 22 women to file a lawsuit against Watson.
He said Watson first approached in a direct message on Instagram to schedule a massage on March 28, 2020. The complaint said he “found it peculiar that an NFL player requested a massage” because he was not related to pre-existing work with Watson or another Texans player. Watson and Solis have agreed to schedule a massage for March 30, 2020.
When it was time to start the session, Solis said that Watson was naked on the massage table, with a small towel that he had brought covering his groin. He allegedly instructed her to focus on massaging his groin area and “specifically kept trying to direct it toward his penis.”
“Watson deliberately touched the plaintiff’s hand with the tip of his erect penis,” the complaint says.
The Texans quarterback reportedly issued a veiled threat to Solis to keep quiet about his session, or he could try to damage his reputation.
The NFL issued a statement Tuesday, calling the allegations against Watson “deeply disturbing”:
Watson faces 22 lawsuits, according to ESPN Sarah Barshop, with Buzbee tell reporters On Tuesday, his firm refused to pursue five more cases. Many of the accusations align with Solís’s account. Several women said that he made unwanted sexual advances and touched them with his penis during a massage. At least five women said they ejaculated in the course of one session.
Another woman, who has not yet filed a lawsuit, detailed similar inappropriate behavior by Watson during a massage with her in the fall of 2019 to Illustrated SportsJenny Vrentas.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement on March 23 denying the allegations.
“Any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false,” Hardin said.
Hardin also said that Watson and his representatives “will cooperate fully with the Houston Police Department” as part of any criminal investigation.
The Houston Police Department saying On Friday he was investigating a criminal complaint he received about Watson, although the nature of the complaint was not announced.