4 extra girls sue Texans star Deshaun Watson for sexual assault

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been sued by 4 extra girls who accuse him of sexual assault and harassments.

The lawsuits have been filed Thursday evening, hours after the NFL stated it was investigating earlier allegations by three therapeutic massage therapists who stated the quarterback sexually assaulted them throughout massages.

Watson, 25, has broadly denied that he acted inappropriately and stated in a Tuesday assertion that he appears ahead to clearing his title. His lawyer and agent haven’t responded to subsequent requests for remark.

The claims within the 4 new fits, which have been filed in a Harris County courtroom, mirror these within the three earlier instances. Every lady who sued Thursday labored in a spa or giving massages and claims that Watson uncovered himself, touched them along with his penis or kissed them towards their will.

Not one of the seven girls, who’ve sued individually however are all represented by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, are recognized by title within the lawsuits. They’re every in search of compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to courtroom prices. Houston police have declined to touch upon whether or not any of the alleged sexual assaults have been reported to the division, saying it doesn’t establish individuals who haven’t been charged with against the law.

At a Friday information convention, Buzbee stated he expects to file as many as 10 extra lawsuits and his agency is vetting extra claims from girls, together with one involving an incident this month. None of his purchasers had filed police reviews, he stated, “however that’s our subsequent step.”

Buzbee stated a few of the therapeutic massage therapists who got here ahead work at spas, some work from their houses, some work at deluxe accommodations. All however one, who was flown in from Atlanta, have been from the Houston space.

“These are, for probably the most half, licensed professionals. These are people who, lots of them, are single moms, both personal their very own store or work in a spa,” whereas three purchasers are married and one is engaged to be married, he stated.

The ladies are suing for $500 in damages, the least that may be sought in a Texas civil district courtroom, “they usually deliver these instances for one motive solely stopping additional misconduct from this defendant or any others like him,” he stated.

Hardin, an lawyer for Watson, launched an announcement that stated he’s “extraordinarily proud to symbolize Deshaun Watson and wholly stand behind him.”

“Nevertheless, we are going to wait to remark intimately till we’ve accomplished our overview of the quite a few, evolving allegations from Mr Buzbee,” the assertion stated. “We’ll reply subsequent week and ask you to maintain an open thoughts till we achieve this.”

Buzbee is believed to be a neighbor of Texans proprietor Cal McNair. Watson and the Texans are in the course of an acrimonious offseason with the quarterback wanting to depart a crew he believes has been mismanaged for various years.

On Wednesday, the Texans stated they’re conscious of the allegations towards Watson.

“We grew to become conscious of a civil lawsuit involving Deshaun Watson by means of a social media publish final evening,” the crew stated in an announcement. “That is the primary time we heard of the matter, and we hope to study extra quickly. We take accusations of this nature that contain anybody throughout the Houston Texans group significantly. We’ll await additional info earlier than making any extra statements on this incident.”

Watson, a three-time Professional Bowl choice, signed a four-year, $156m take care of the Texans final 12 months. Following the commerce of All-Professional large receiver DeAndre Hopkins final spring and adjustments to the teaching employees and entrance workplace, Watson raised issues about his lack of a voice within the franchise and is reportedly annoyed by the overall route of the crew.

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