Eighteen ladies who say they’ve been masseuses for NFL star Deshaun Watson have vouched for his character, saying he is at all times been skilled because the soccer participant faces accusations of sexual misconduct.
The Houston Texans quarterback stays on the defensive, nonetheless, with two extra complaints filed on Tuesday that brings the whole variety of lawsuits in opposition to him to 21.
Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lawyer, revealed the statements of help for the quarterback. They arrive from ladies who’ve given him massages greater than 130 occasions mixed, Hardin says.
‘These ladies say they’re deeply troubled by the accusations made in opposition to Deshaun and that these claims are wholly inconsistent with their experiences with him and who they imagine him to be,’ Hardin mentioned in a press release to TMZ.
‘All of them acknowledged that Deshaun by no means made them really feel uncomfortable or demanded something outdoors the scope of an expert therapeutic massage.’
Deshaun Watson is receiving a present of help from 18 masseuses who’ve labored on him
All the ladies went on the file of their statements of help for Watson.
Myah Roberson started working with Watson in December 2019 and helped him develop the usage of the towel that is been referenced in different lawsuits.
‘A few of these accusations are so ludicrous,’ Roberson mentioned. ‘I simply cannot see him doing any of these issues.
‘He was by no means inappropriate with me. I by no means felt threatened in any method.’
A licensed bodily therapist says she carried out a therapeutic massage on Watson in July 2020 and he ‘texted me throughout my drive dwelling to ensure I had gotten dwelling safely.’
A licensed therapeutic massage therapist labored on Watson a number of occasions throughout 2020 and at all times felt secure working with him, she mentioned, a sentiment echoed in lots of the statements.
‘I’m simply fully floored by these lawsuits,’ licensed therapist Masako Jones mentioned.
Lots of the ladies who went on file described Watson as being comparatively quiet, generally listening to music through the massages.
Lots of them additionally mentioned how frequent it was to should work on extra delicate components of the decrease physique, particularly when working with athletes.
One therapist talked about what occurs when a person turns into aroused throughout a therapeutic massage session.
‘When working the adductors and groin/pelvic space, it’s not unusual to by chance graze the penis, however you do not interact it,’ mentioned Norma Reyna.
‘I train my college students to make use of a firmer contact or to maneuver to a special space if a shopper will get aroused throughout a session, which generally occurs.’
Two extra civil lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct have been filed on Tuesday night in a Texas courtroom, bringing the general whole to 21
One therapeutic massage therapist, who works for Group USA’s monitor and area program, says she has labored on Watson greater than 40 occasions since 2018.
‘In all that point, I by no means had a single uncomfortable or inappropriate expertise with Deshaun,’ wrote Jas Brooks.
Licensed therapeutic massage therapist Tina Nguyen wrote: ‘Once I finally realized who he was, I requested him to have his image taken with me to offer to my son, who’s a giant fan.’
A number of of the ladies concluded their statements by expressing their shock in regards to the rash of allegations leveled in opposition to Watson.
Rusty Hardin (left), Watson’s lawyer, alleged in a press release that his authorized crew has ‘robust proof’ an accusation made by a girl they imagine filed one of many lawsuits is fake. Tony Buzbee (proper) represents the 21 ladies who’ve filed lawsuits in opposition to Watson
Two new lawsuits obtained by DailyMail.com have been filed with the Harris County (Texas) District Clerk Tuesday on behalf of an Arizona therapeutic massage therapist and a Houston girl working to get her therapeutic massage remedy license.
The girl in Houston claims Watson incessantly uncovered himself and intentionally touched her along with his penis, however continued to work with him for concern of her profession.
In a fourth appointment, Watson allegedly coerced the ladies into oral intercourse and ejaculated on her. She wouldn’t work with him after that.
‘These ladies say they’re deeply troubled by the accusations made in opposition to Deshaun and that these claims are wholly inconsistent with their experiences with him and who they imagine him to be,’ Rusty Hardin mentioned in a press release revealing the 18 statements of help
One of many new lawsuits says that Watson has contacted plaintiffs ‘via intermediaries.’
That follows Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee’s Sunday social media declare that Watson is deleting Instagram messages and contacting the ladies.
Hardin has denied these claims, saying Watson hasn’t deleted messages since March 15 and hasn’t reached out to accusers searching for settlements.
Neither of the 2 new lawsuits accuse Watson of sexual assault, although two different plaintiffs who filed earlier this month did allege sexual assault, saying he pressured them to carry out oral intercourse on him.
Buzbee is representing all 21 ladies who’ve filed lawsuits as Jane Does in opposition to Watson up to now.
Buzbee has claimed on Instagram that he’s searching for a spot to deliver proof as a result of Hardin’s son works for the Houston Police Division.
‘[I have] discovered that my authorized opponent, Mr. Hardin, has a son who’s on of the unique Command Workers of HPD,’ Buzbee wrote on Instagram.
‘I’m not saying in any method that Deshaun Watson’s lawyer, Mr. Hardin, has a son who has a place that will compromise HPD and its investigation. I help his service, together with all Houston cops—I believe the rank and file know that.
‘However, I’m saying that me and my shoppers will go elsewhere to offer our proof to investigative authorities.’
The Houston police haven’t commented on the lawsuits, nor has the native district lawyer’s workplace.
The NFL, in the meantime, is investigating however not commenting on the matter past that.
Buzbee mentioned the lawsuits aren’t about cash throughout a information convention this month, saying that the ladies are suing for $500 in damages, the bottom quantity that may be sought in civil courtroom in Texas.
He says the lawsuits are about fixing Watson’s sample of conduct and the tradition of the NFL.
Buzbee has a textual content which he claims reveals Watson asking the plaintiff about his ‘glute space’
In a press release final week, Hardin alleged he had ‘robust proof’ one accuser is mendacity, saying she tried and did not blackmail his shopper for $30,000.
Buzbee additionally claims that Watson requested his therapeutic massage therapists to signal non-disclosure agreements.
‘We may even present a duplicate of the non-disclosure settlement that Deshaun Watson and his advertising supervisor repeatedly insisted that Jane Doe (and others) signal after (and generally earlier than) the ”therapeutic massage session,” which she refused to signal,’ Buzbee wrote in a press release.
Watson has denied any wrongdoing.
A number of of the alleged incidents are mentioned to have occurred at a resort the place Watson was staying. Two of the lawsuits particularly recognized that resort as The Houstonian (pictured)