An attorney representing the women who accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct responded to claims by the NFL star’s attorney, who said a woman, Ashley Solis, demanded “money for silence” before filing her civil lawsuit. .
Tony Buzbee snapped at Rusty Hardin about the claim and posted an email he wrote to Scott Gaffield, the general counsel for the Athletes First agency in California, on Instagram.
“Watson’s latest and ever-changing defense is that our legal team is compromised in some way because we tried to resolve or resolve issues with a client before putting all these women into the current media circus that we knew would result, because the alleged perpetrator he is a famous quarterback. I can and have confirmed that we tried to solve these problems without a lawsuit. That fact was public knowledge almost three weeks ago. We tried to reach an agreement without fanfare or press, “Buzbee wrote.
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“In fact, I attached the last email we had with the Watson team before filing the first lawsuit. This email was sent when we were representing a single victim, before we represented what are now 23 women, claiming the same thing. Current back-and-forth reports on the ego of the attorneys involved are not appropriate or helpful These cases are about who were the subjects of the alleged conduct Please check out Ashley Solis’ video of the press conference today; she had the courage to go in front of the national media to tell her story. STRONG !! That’s a hero! That’s what we should be talking about! “
Buzbee’s email to Gaffield was dated February 19, 2021. The first report of sexual misconduct first appeared on March 16.
“We made a legitimate claim. You rejected it,” the email read. “We will not make another or bid against ourselves. We also will not have extensive dialogue about why you think your client did nothing wrong or how you want this to be a ‘learning’ experience for your ‘high profile’ athlete ‘, such as you mean him. This is Houston, Texas. Perhaps you should find him an attorney here so he can inform you and your client about the scenery here and who he’s dealing with. Talk to him soon. “
Solis revealed herself as Jane Doe No. 1 at a press conference on Tuesday. Solis claimed that Watson exposed himself during a massage session in March 2020.
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Hardin, in response to Solís’s statement, said she had emails to show that she was looking to get money from Watson.
According to Hardin, rival attorney Buzbee, who represents nearly two dozen women who have spoken out against Watson, approached one of Watson’s representatives in February in an effort to “quietly resolve the allegations a month before they file the first lawsuit. “
In an email exchange obtained by Fox News, Buzbee associate Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey said, “My client’s demand is $ 100,000,” adding that “this offer remains open until Friday this week.” .
Gaffield responded to Buzbee and Brandfield-Harvey on February 19 saying: “We do not believe that the alleged facts show that Deshaun did anything wrong …”
“We believed then, and we fully believe now, that Deshaun learned a lesson in how to put himself in this type of situation by interacting with people he does not know,” Gaffield said in a statement.
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“As the emails show, we were willing to continue discussions on Deshaun’s behalf to explore ways to prevent a lawsuit and a public spectacle. But Mr. Buzbee informed us that he was unwilling to do so. We hope this matter will be resolved in Court.”
Email communications occurred between February 3 and 19.
Watson does not face any criminal charges. Houston police launched an investigation into the allegations after a complaint was filed Friday.
Dan Canova of Fox News contributed to this report.