Lawsuit filed by 23rd plaintiff details three different encounters with Deshaun Watson

Lawsuit filed by 23rd plaintiff details three different encounters with Deshaun Watson

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On Tuesday, a 23rd lawsuit was filed against Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The complaint, a copy of which PFT obtained and reviewed, details three different incidents involving the complainant, Nia Smith and Watson.

Smith, who went public last August during a podcast appearance with her claims against Watson, explains in the lawsuit that she “didn’t want to put herself and her family in the turmoil of a lengthy public trial. and endless”. She also maintains that the “death threats” received after her name “finded up in the public sphere”.

“She did not want to submit to further abuse and ugliness that she saw thrown at other victims by Watson’s defense team, the public relations team and Watson fanatics,” the document claims. on page 2.

Smith ‘changed her mind’ after seeing last week’s HBO article Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; she claims she “was struck by the courage of victims willing to come forward and speak out, and was extremely upset with the mistreatment and re-victimization of plaintiffs by Watson and his legal team”.

The lawsuit alleges Smith had encounters with Watson on June 7, 2020, August 24, 2020, and early September 2020. She claims her “behavior escalated with each massage.”

For the first incident, Watson reportedly requested that only the complainant be in the room. Watson (according to the complaint) “continued to ask the plaintiff to enter his anus”. The Complaint acknowledges that the Complainant was not offended by the request, that she did not comply with it and that she “decided to give Watson the benefit of the doubt as she believed he may have -be ashamed and embarrassed by this fetish”.

For the second massage, the plaintiff alleges that Watson asked her to wear a sundress. The plaintiff did not grant the request. Excerpt from the complaint: “Watson’s behavior worsened during the second session. He was trying to grab the complainant’s buttocks and rubbing against her buttocks, trying to pass it off as an accident. The plaintiff took his hand away from her. Every time she did that, Watson would say “What?” Watson knew the plaintiff was uncomfortable. He kept asking the complainant if she wanted his penis in her mouth. The complainant felt extremely uncomfortable at this point, but wanted to remain professional and not cause any conflict. Watson was much taller and much stronger, and they were alone in a room. She was deathly afraid of what he would do if she reprimanded him.

The complainant did not want to do the third massage. She maintains that she was pressured by her boss to do so. From the complaint, regarding the third massage: “He repeatedly asked that the plaintiff have sex with him. He told the applicant that he had a condom in his bag. He touched the plaintiff between her legs. She had to massage him from a distance to avoid his touching. After the massage was over, she decided to quit her job at the salon.

Although the complaint contains no allegations against Smith’s supervisor or the salon, Smith maintains that his boss “facilitated the massages for Watson and knew that Watson was attempting to have sex with them.”

It’s not entirely clear what Smith hopes to achieve in terms of financial compensation. At the top of page 3, the complaint says: “She brings this action to seek minimal compensation, but to obtain a court finding that Watson’s conduct was wrongful.” On page 11, however, the complaint says: “The plaintiff seeks all damages to which she may be entitled. As indicated, the plaintiff also
seeks exemplary damages to deter such conduct in the future and to set an example
Respondent.”

She has every right to seek full compensation from Watson, if she can provide that he committed actionable wrongdoing. She also has apparent rights against her former supervisor and the salon she worked at, should she choose to assert those rights.

Watson has denied any wrongdoing, in this case and in the 22 other pending cases.

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