Already dealing with 22 lawsuits for numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has now been named in 10 complaints with Houston police, it was revealed Monday evening.
Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin instructed ESPN in regards to the complaints, saying that eight had been filed by ladies who had beforehand sued him of sexual misconduct, however that two of the ladies are new accusers who haven’t filed lawsuits in opposition to the 25-year-old NFL star.
Houston police haven’t introduced any investigations publicly, and particulars in regards to the complaints haven’t been revealed.
Watson beforehand denied any accusations of sexual misconduct when he was sued again in April and Hardin stated all sexual contact between his consumer and the accusers was consensual.
Already dealing with 22 lawsuits for numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has now been named in 10 complaints with Houston police, it was revealed Monday evening
Hardin instructed ESPN that Watson is cooperating with police and the Harris County District Lawyer’s workplace. NFL investigators haven’t but questioned Watson, though Hardin stated it is customary for leagues to face again till regulation enforcement probes are completed.
‘And, when the felony investigation is over, we’ll absolutely cooperate with the NFL,’ Hardin stated, referring to the NFL’s ongoing investigation into the accusations in opposition to Watson.
‘We have made it clear to the NFL that we’ll completely cooperate with them after they’re prepared to go to with us,’ Hardin continued. ‘However they, out of deference to the felony investigation, at all times attempt to wait till that is accomplished earlier than they attempt to discuss to the accused particular person.’
Tony Buzbee, the Houston lawyer representing Watson’s 22 accusers, responded to ESPN in an announcement: ‘As of right now, virtually half of those ladies have given sworn statements to the police, and virtually half have spoken to the NFL’s investigative staff. Each processes are very prolonged. We count on to supply additional data to the NFL from all victims.’
Excessive-profile lawyer Rusty Hardin (pictured) is representing Texans QB Deshaun Watson
As for the civil fits, Hardin instructed ESPN that paperwork have been exchanged between the authorized groups however the two sides have but to schedule depositions for the 22 ladies. Depositions will start in September, however Watson won’t be deposed till February, after the upcoming season, Hardin stated.
‘It’s actually going the conventional course of all civil litigation,’ Hardin stated of the depositions. ‘The dates have not been set as of but, the precise dates as to who would go when. However they will begin in September.’
Hardin instructed ESPN that his consumer won’t signal any settlement that features a confidentiality settlement: ‘I don’t need anyone to be saying that this man paid off ladies to remain quiet and so, if there ever was a settlement of any form, it must be public and due to this fact either side, [Watson] and the ladies, would be capable to say to the world at massive no matter they wished.’
Watson not too long ago reported to coaching camp with out the NFL inserting him on the commissioner’s exempt listing — an encouraging signal for his availability this season.
The NFL has been investigating Watson, 25, since March, when the primary of 23 ladies got here ahead with allegations starting from harassment and indecent publicity to sexual assault (one plaintiff has since dropped her lawsuit).
The plaintiffs, most of who work as therapeutic massage therapists or in different related professions, filed separate lawsuits as Jane Does in March and April, however have since revealed their identities following a courtroom order.
Via Hardin, Watson has known as the allegations ‘false’ and is insisting that every one sexual contact between himself and the accusers was consensual. No felony prices have been filed within the case.
The NFL had the choice of inserting Watson on the commissioner’s exempt listing, successfully suspending him with pay as league investigation continues. An NFL spokesman has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for remark.
Watson, who led the league in yards passing in 2020 after signing a four-year, $156 million contract extension final summer time, was in search of a commerce earlier than the allegations surfaced, and which may be on the horizon.
Lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 plaintiffs, claimed a few of his purchasers have obtained threats because of the lawsuits
Even supposing he reported to coaching camp — one thing that helped Watson keep away from $50,000 in fines for every single day he missed — the previous Clemson star has instructed the staff he nonetheless hopes to be traded, and now the Texans are keen to take heed to provides, in line with reviews from Professional Soccer Discuss and ESPN.
The allegations however, the Texans are in search of a serious return, in line with ESPN: 5 excessive draft picks and/or high-level gamers.
Texans spokespeople didn’t reply to DailyMail.com’s request for remark.
Hardin addressed the latest commerce rumors surrounding his consumer, though he defined to ESPN that he’s not Watson’s agent and is not concerned in any football-related choices for the quarterback.
‘Groups are prepared to leap now if the Texans would commerce with them, even whereas all that is pending,’ Hardin stated. ‘There isn’t any query that groups, quite a few groups, are nonetheless . The ball is within the Texans’ courtroom.’
Buzbee instructed ESPN that he is ‘not targeted on whether or not Watson will play,’ however slightly ‘the welfare of the ladies had had contact with.’
The membership has not commented on him publicly since April, when new Texans common supervisor Nick Caserio stated he would ‘respect the authorized course of.’
The membership has not commented on Watson publicly since April, when new Texans common supervisor Nick Caserio (left, proper) stated he would ‘respect the authorized course of.’