Three new lawsuits have been filed against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson accusing him of sexual assault, including one that says he is trying to cover his tracks as cases stack up against him.
Watson is now the subject of 19 lawsuits, which claim he assaulted, or acted inappropriately towards, female massage therapists. The latest cases, which were filed on Sunday night, allege Watson touched the women with his penis, and say the quarterback’s “behavior is part of a disturbing pattern.” The third lawsuit says Watson is now deleting Instagram messages he sent to the alleged victims “as a result of the repeated lawsuits against him.”
The 25-year-old denies the allegations made in the lawsuits and last week his attorney said there is “strong evidence” that one of the allegations is false and “calls into question the legitimacy of the other cases as well.”
The lawsuits have been filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee. One of the suits on Monday said that “plaintiffs have not brought these cases for money or attention; instead Plaintiffs seek a change in behavior with regard to Watson, and a change of culture in the NFL”.
The current lawsuits are a civil matter and do not carry the threat of criminal charges. However, Buzbee has said he intends to submit evidence to the Houston Police Department and the Houston district attorney. The most serious allegation in the lawsuits revolves around a massage at an office building in Houston in December 2020. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, alleges that Watson turned over during the massage and “got more aggressive, forcefully telling [the woman] to move her hand down to his pubic area.” It is then claimed that Watson forced her to have oral sex something to which she “did not consent”.
Watson and the Texans are in the middle of an acrimonious offseason with the quarterback wanting to leave a team he believes has been mismanaged for a number of years. Watson, one of the best players in the NFL and a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a four-year, $156m deal with the Texans last year.