June 6 – A twenty fourth girl is suing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Her case was filed Monday morning in Harris County District Courtroom in Houston.
The primary lawsuit was filed in March 2021, with a flurry of further girls additionally submitting complaints over the next month to deliver the full to 22. One other girl sued Watson final week for the reason that airing of an episode of HBO’s “Actual Sports activities with Bryant Gumbel” detailed the case.
The ladies all allege Watson dedicated sexual improprieties throughout the course of a therapeutic massage. He has denied all accusations, and two grand juries in Texas declined to deliver prison expenses in opposition to Watson earlier this 12 months.
“The allegations made on this new case are strikingly just like these made by most of the different victims,” Texas lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents the plaintiffs, stated in a launched assertion. “Misplaced within the media frenzy surrounding Deshaun Watson is that these are twenty-four robust, brave girls who, regardless of ridicule, authorized shenanigans, and intense media scrutiny, proceed to face agency for what is true.
“Setting apart the authorized wrangling, the complicity of the NFL, or the failures of the prison justice system, the resounding story that needs to be instructed right here is that these girls are true heroes. I’ll say once more, our complete crew is extremely proud to symbolize these girls, and we look ahead to the day once we can lay out their instances intimately in entrance of a jury.”
The Browns acquired Watson from the Houston Texans in a commerce in March and gave him $230 million in assured cash on a five-year deal. The crew has not commented on the newest case.
The NFL continues to research Watson and not too long ago wrapped up interviews with the quarterback. Regardless of no prison expenses being filed, the league may droop Watson for violating the league’s private conduct requirements.