6 More Women Accuse Deshaun Watson of Sexual Assault, Bringing Total To 13
The following story contains graphic descriptions of alleged sexual assault.
Six more women have filed lawsuits against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson accusing him of sexual assault, bringing the total to 13.
The six new lawsuits, filed Monday, allege Watson exposed himself to massage therapists and inappropriately touched them during their sessions. One incident allegedly occurred as recently as this month, according to a civil complaint.
One of the most recent suits accuses Watson of masturbating in front of a massage therapist, and forcing her to touch his groin area during a massage session that occurred in July 2020.
Another lawsuit, which details behavior that allegedly occurred during two massage sessions in June and August of 2020, accused Watson of exposing himself and inappropriately touching the woman on multiple parts of her body. During the second session, Watson allegedly became more aggressive and wrapped his legs around the woman’s neck in an attempt to force her to perform oral sex, according to the suit.
In a third lawsuit, Watson allegedly offered the massage therapist money if she “did more” during a massage session in August 2020, though the suit does not go into detail of what Watson was suggesting.
A fourth suit describes an incident that allegedly occurred at another session in late January 2021, in which another massage therapist said Watson exposed himself, inappropriately touched her with his penis, and made sexually suggestive comments throughout the duration of the session.
Two more lawsuits accused Watson of exposing himself and touching the women with his genital area during massage sessions in April 2020 and March 2021.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, did not immediately provide comment Monday. In a previous statement, he referred to allegations against hi client as “meritless.” Watson has also publicly denied at least one of the accusations.
The lawsuits come after Houston attorney and former mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee, who represents the women, announced via Instagram Saturday that his law firm would request a criminal case against the NFL star.
“Our team will be submitting affidavits and evidence from several women, who had experiences with Deshaun Watson, to the Houston Police Department and the (Harris County) District Attorney, on Monday morning,” he wrote. “We will request that a grand jury be empaneled to consider the evidence we provide.”