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Another woman has filed a lawsuit against Deshaun Watson, along with 22 others who accused Cleveland Brown’s quarterback in civil cases filed in 2021 of inappropriate sexual behavior during massage sessions.
In the 23rd civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Texas against Watson, the lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff had his first massage sessions with Watson during the summer of 2020, and that his “behavior got worse.” During the third and final massage, she claims in the trial that Watson exposed herself to her, touched the woman between the legs and “repeatedly asked” the plaintiff to have sex with him.
According to the lawsuit, the woman changed her mind about suing Watson after watching HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” last week. In that show, two other women, Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes, who have also accused Watson of inappropriate sexual behavior, criticized the Browns for giving the quarterback an NFL record guaranteed contract of $ 230 million after trading for him in March.
“It’s like a big ‘screw you’,” Solis told HBO.
Leah Graham, one of Watson’s attorneys, told HBO that Watson “does not regret it because he did nothing wrong.”
“In that piece, the plaintiff was struck by the courage of the victims, who were willing to come forward and speak and were extremely dissatisfied with the abuse and revictimization of the plaintiffs by Watson and his legal team,” the latest lawsuit states. “But it was Watson herself who claimed that he himself now ‘does not regret’ and has done nothing wrong that strengthened her determination. She is bringing this case to seek minimum compensation but to get a court to conclude that Watson’s behavior was wrong. “
In the latest lawsuit, the plaintiff also claims that Watson’s legal defense contacted her to determine at the time if she was among those bringing civil lawsuits against the quarterback. In the trial, it is stated that Watson’s lawyer at that meeting tried to “intimidate” her.
Rusty Hardin, who also represents Watson, said in a statement later Tuesday that his client “strongly denies the allegations” of sexual misconduct “just as he has done since she first discussed them with members of our firm in March last year. . ” Harden also rejected the woman’s claim of legal threats when the parties met earlier.
Two major juries in Texas have refused to prosecute criminal charges against Watson, who has denied any wrongdoing. The NFL is investigating whether Watson violated his code of conduct and interviewed the quarterback in person two weeks ago as part of his investigation.
At the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta, Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes the NFL is nearing the end of its investigation, but he could not provide a timeline for when a decision may fall.
The Browns did not immediately issue a comment on the latest lawsuit. Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the 23 plaintiffs, said “other cases may come against” Watson.
“Watson’s defense team has denounced these women and this case,” he said in a statement. “Shame on them! We look forward to trying this case in court.”