Deshaun Watson now accused of sexual assault in seven lawsuits; lawyer says more on the way

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Dennis Young, New York Daily News
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Four more civil lawsuits were filed against Deshaun Watson in Houston on Thursday, bringing the total to seven.

The details in the separate accusations against Watson are broadly similar: He contacts an obscure woman on Instagram, books a massage appointment, gets naked against the woman’s will, and then touches the woman with his erect penis.

None of the women who were contacted by Watson had previous experience working with professional athletes, per the lawsuits.

In the four new lawsuits, one woman alleges that “Watson became aroused and got an erection. Watson continued to move his body in a way that would repeatedly cause his penis to touch Plaintiff’s hand. Plaintiff was shocked and moved away from him. Lying on the table on his back, Watson then ejaculated.

“Plaintiff immediately stopped the session and left the room. Watson dressed and left. Plaintiff felt violated and disgusted.”

Another claims that Watson said while booking the appointment that “I make a lot of massage therapists uncomfortable and it’s really hard for me to find someone who will meet my needs.”

Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the women, posted on Instagram what he said was a screenshot of a text message from Watson.

“Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable. Never were the intentions,” the text reads. “Lmk if you want to work in the future. My apologies.”

Buzbee said Friday that at least five more lawsuits were coming.

A third woman claims that “Watson told Plaintiff she was wearing too many clothes. Watson also tried to kiss Plaintiff on the mouth...Plaintiff decided to cut the session short, and Watson abruptly left. Plaintiff felt violated, terrified and disgusted.”

The first seven lawsuits are on the Harris County district clerk’s website.

Watson and his representatives have said that the women are lying. “I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” the QB said in a statement earlier this week.

Watson’s agent, David Mulugheta, went much further in a post Friday.

“Sexual assault is real,” he wrote. “Victims should be heard, offenders prosecuted,” before saying that these victims should not be heard and this alleged offender should not be prosecuted.

“Individuals fabricate stories in pursuit of financial gain often. Their victims should be heard, and those offenders also prosecuted.”

On Thursday, Buzbee posted a letter from the NFL saying that the league was opening an investigation into Watson.