Deshaun Watson settles down with all but four of the 24 women who sued him

Deshaun Watson settles down with all but four of the 24 women who sued him

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has reached a confidential settlement with all but four of the 24 women who sued and accused him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in 2020 and early 2021, said Tuesday women’s advocate.

The settlements end the women’s litigation against him nearly 15 months after most were filed in 2021.

“Today I am announcing that all but four cases against Deshaun Watson are resolved,” plaintiffs’ attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement. “We are working on the documents related to these regulations. Once we do, those special cases will be discarded. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We will not comment further on the settlements or these cases.

The case settlement allows Watson to move on from most litigation after generating regular headlines about him, at least somewhat spoiling his recent arrival in Cleveland as the new $230 million quarterback. of the Browns. Settling cases also allows him to avoid several days of deposition testimony scheduled for him this week. These depositions no longer take place.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in May that the investigation into the allegations against Watson was nearing completion, but it’s unclear what the league knew about two new lawsuits filed against Watson this year or information from of the recent discovery before the trial.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson directs a play during minicamp at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus.

“Today’s development has no impact on the collectively negotiated disciplinary process,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, declined to comment Tuesday when contacted by USA TODAY Sports.

Hardin had said the women were lying and that Buzbee considered Watson a “payday” after the women accused Watson of inappropriate behavior, including exposing himself, having his genitals touch them and, in some cases, by forcing sexual relations.

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