3rd Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Deshaun Watson, With More Reportedly on the Way

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I think it’s safe to say that Deshaun Watson’s offseason isn’t exactly going as planned.

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After requesting a trade from the Houston Texans in January, the team has thus far refused to relinquish their franchise quarterback, creating an awkward standoff in the process. But Watson’s tumultuous offseason just took a turn for the worst, as ESPN and NBC Sports report that a third civil lawsuit has been filed against him alleging sexual assault.

From ESPN:

A third civil lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson accuses the Houston Texans quarterback of sexually assaulting a massage therapist by allegedly forcing her to have oral sex with him in December 2020.

The lawsuit was filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee on Wednesday night and appeared on the Harris County district clerk’s website Thursday morning.

This is the third civil case filed against Watson this week. The previous two lawsuits were related to two separate incidents during which he is accused of committing “civil assault” by touching a massage therapist with his penis.

Oh, boy.

The third plaintiff alleges that as the massage in December continued, Watson became “more aggressive” and “coerced her to move her mouth toward his penis, forcing her to perform oral sex on him.” The plaintiff also states that she felt “intimidated and threatened” and “was afraid of what someone like Watson could do if she did not submit to his demands.”

“Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women,” the lawsuit reads. On Instagram, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee revealed that there are a total of six lawsuits that will be filed against the Clemson alum.

Watson took to Twitter on Tuesday night to declare his innocence after the first lawsuit was filed.

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“I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any women with anything other than the utmost respect,” he tweeted. “The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me—it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.”

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Watson hasn’t made any other public statements pertaining to this matter since a third lawsuit was filed on Wednesday, while the Texans issued the following:

“We became aware of a civil lawsuit involving Deshaun Watson through a social media post last night. This is the first time we heard of the matter, and we hope to learn more soon. We take accusations of this nature that involve anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We will await further information before making any additional statements on this incident.”

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The NFL has declined further comment at this time.

This is an ugly situation and we’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

DISCUSSION

By
TrumpsTinyHands

Why he is probably innocent:

  • As far as I know, no charges have ever been filed with police, just civil lawsuits.... so maybe just lawyers going for a money grab??!?
  • It seems like Watson could have kept the whole thing quiet for a couple hundred grand, but he took it public to clear his name.
  • Maybe these accusers are plants from the Texans trying to wreck his leverage at the trade demands, or from another team trying to wreck his trade value??!?

Why he is probably guilty:

  • I guess he found at least one of these masseuses on Instagram. If you are a professional athlete with lots of money and achy muscles, you call a physical therapist that has an associated massage therapist and get legit medical treatment. I was at Mass General orthopedics dept once and was on an exam table next to a Boston Bruin getting massage work done on a bruised muscle. There is high quality therapy coming from licensed clinicians... but no happy endings.
  • Three accusers is a LOT, and there are rumors of more coming soon. That’s a pattern, and that is one thing that abusers have in common.... patterns of abusive behavior.

So, there you have it: Watson is probably 100% guilty and also probably 100% innocent. I don’t know wtf is going on.