Deshaun Watson plaintiff sues Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson plaintiff sues Houston Texans

One of the women who sued Deshaun Watson and accused him of sexual misconduct also sued Watson’s former NFL team, the Houston Texans, accusing the organization of allowing the quarterback’s behavior during massage sessions.

The lawsuit filed Monday is the first “of what will likely be many against the Houston Texans related to the behavior of Deshaun Watson,” women’s attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement Monday. Suffice it to say, the overwhelming evidence gathered that the Houston Texans enabled Watson’s behavior is incredibly overwhelming. We believe the Texans knew, or most certainly should have known, of Watson’s conduct. Beyond that, we think the record speaks for itself.

Watson, now the Cleveland Browns quarterback, recently reached a confidential settlement with 20 of the 24 women who sued him for his alleged sexual misconduct during massage sessions in 2020 and early 2021. He faces a NFL hearing into his conduct on Tuesday, which could result in a suspension of a year or more.

In this case, the plaintiff previously sued Watson, did not settle with him, and is now suing the Texans, alleging the team was part of a civil conspiracy and failed to monitor or warn her of her conduct and his inclinations.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks with Anthony Schwartz, left, and David Njoku during minicamp Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Berea.  Browns Mini Camp 3

She alleged that Watson drove about 35 minutes to her mother’s home in Manvel, Texas, after asking her for a massage on Instagram in November 2020. She had two meetings with him, and she said he exposed himself to her and ejaculated on her during the second encounter. The same woman testified before a grand jury in Brazoria County, Texas in March, the second grand jury which elected not to indict her on criminal charges.

Watson, 26, denied any wrongdoing. The Texans released a statement on Monday.

“We are aware of the lawsuit filed against us today, the statement said. “Since March 2021, we have fully supported and complied with law enforcement and various investigations. We will continue to take the necessary steps to respond to the allegations against our organization.”

The new trial shared a different narrative.

“The Texans knew or should have known that, despite the vast massage and physical therapy resources available to Watson through the Texas organization, and despite repeated warnings from the Texans training staff to use exclusively the resources provided, Watson instead chose to find and hire his own ‘massage therapy’ women on Instagram, away from the Texans’ facilities,” the new lawsuit states. “The facts show that Watson repeatedly used Texans’ resources for this ‘therapy’.”

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