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1 of Deshaun Watson's accusers drops lawsuit due to privacy

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The civil suit says the victim has suffered mental anguish because of Watson's alleged behavior and is seeking minimal compensatory damages.

Video Transcript

KATHERINE WHALEY: Those Jane Does now have names. The judge ordered that some of them had to be released, and they were in the last few days, but Attorney Tony Buzzbee took it a step further and released the names of all of the women accusing Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct.

STEVE SHELLIST: I think it adds a layer of credibility onto the plaintiffs cases.

KATHERINE WHALEY: We've heard Deshaun Watson's name countless times since the first civil suit was filed against him about a month ago. But the women accusing him of varying levels of sexual misconduct have only been called Jane Doe. Rusty Hardin, Watson's attorney, said in a statement, that anonymity can be used as a shield for victims but claims the accuser's attorney, Tony Buzbee, is using it as a sword.

STEVE SHELLIST: I look at this as kind of a-- it's like a tug of war. You know, one side pulls and gain some traction, the other side fires back into the court of public opinion, pulls and gain some traction.

KATHERINE WHALEY: A judge ordered that some of the accuser's names be released publicly. But one week after Ashley Solis sat before members of the media identifying herself as the initial Jane Doe, the rest of the women chose to come forward as well.

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KATHERINE WHALEY: Legal Analyst Steve Ellis says this move has equaled the playing field and will allow Watson's defense team to begin investigating the claims more thoroughly.

STEVE SHELLIST: Leading up to the hearing, however much time had passed, it had been just a blitz, an assault against Deshaun Watson's name and reputation, and it had just been going on and on and on, relentlessly. And it was the plaintiff's lawyer, Buzbee, who decided to try this case in the court of public opinion. You can't do it just to your benefit and then try to keep things out of the court of public opinion that may hurt you.

KATHERINE WHALEY: One of the accusers did drop her lawsuit against Watson before her name was released. Coming up at 6:00, I'll get more into that, why she says that she dropped the lawsuit. I did reach out to Houston police today to get an update on the criminal investigation happening, but they did not provide one.