Over the weekend, more lawsuits claiming inappropriate sexual conduct were filed against Deshaun Watson. What was once 16 is now 19, with Tony Buzbee declaring he has in fact filed 20 thus far.
Two more lawsuits against Deshaun Watson now appear online, bringing the total to 18. Lawyer Tony Buzbee said on Instagram over the weekend that he had filed his 20th suit against Watson.— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) March 29, 2021
One lawsuit filed by Tony Buzbee alleges that Deshaun Watson is deleting Instagram messages, contacting alleged victims attempting to settle cases. Total filings: 19— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 29, 2021
One lawsuit claims that Watson is deleting Instagram messages and reaching out to victims in an attempt to settle cases. This was reported by Aaron Wilson and Sarah Barshop.
Lawsuit accuses Deshaun Watson of deleting Instagram messages, contacting accusers in attempt to settle cases. https://t.co/Q4f8RWYwcR— Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) March 29, 2021
Barshop wrote the following:
All three lawsuits accuse Watson of sexually assaulting women during massage sessions by “purposely” touching them with his penis and state that his “behavior is part of a disturbing pattern.”
The third lawsuit also includes the accusation that Watson is deleting the Instagram messages and contacting the plaintiffs “as a result of the repeated lawsuits against him.
“Plaintiffs have not brought these cases for money or attention; instead Plaintiffs seek a change in behavior with regard to Watson, and a change of culture in the NFL,” said the lawsuit, filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee.
Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said last week that he believes “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.”
Rusty Hardin, Deshaun Watson’s attorney, has also issued a statement specifically denying that his client has deleted any Instagram messages since March 15th or that the Texans’ quarterback has attempted to settle any case.
Statement from Rusty Hardin, Deshaun Watson's lawyer on deletion of IG messages pic.twitter.com/W4g5GZO5qv— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 29, 2021
We still don’t know what the truth is. What was an already complicated situation is now more complicated and will only become even more complicated. If you want clarity on the civil case and everything that has transpired thus far, read what Steph Stradley wrote. She knows what she’s talking about.
For those who care about my thoughts, I wrote a comprehensive Deshaun Watson FAQ post. Long, best read on computer/tablet. https://t.co/XCbbpySatI— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) March 26, 2021