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Deshaun Watson's lawyer says accuser wanted $100K

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Shortly after Ashley Solis went public, the Texans QB's lawyer fired back at claims that the accusers aren't going after money.

Video Transcript

MYCAH HATFIELD: Seems like every time we think we get a little bit more information or an answer to a question, more questions just arise. We got a statement from Deshaun Watson's team in about the last hour in response to that emotional press conference that we attended this afternoon.

They say that Tony Buzbee and his law firm reached out to them in the month preceding filing that first civil lawsuit trying to get $100,000 in hush money to settle this quietly, which Deshaun Watson's team rejected.

Since the first civil lawsuit was filed against Deshaun Watson on March 16, there's been much speculation. Who are the alleged victims? Are they telling the truth? Are they in it for money?

Attorney Tony Buzbee hoped to put an end to those questions during a press conference today. To his left is Ashley Solis, the first massage therapist to file a civil lawsuit. Solis claims Watson touched her with his genitals during a massage in March of 2020, similar to what the other 21 women who have filed suit said, including Lauren Baxley.

She did not appear at today's press conference, but a letter she wrote to the quarterback was read aloud. Here's part of it.

- "I have been angry at you for so many reasons since that day in June. I am furious that the talented and hardworking young Black man that gave so many children inspiration is nothing more than a predator with power.

I am heartbroken for your family, for your loved ones, for those coming to terms with the fact that your charitable work and good-guy persona are nothing more than a meticulously designed facade to keep your victims silent and second guessing themselves."

MYCAH HATFIELD: Now here's a bit more from Deshaun Watson's team. They said, quote, "We believed then and fully believe now that Deshaun learned a lesson about putting himself in this type of situation by interacting with people he does not know."

As the emails show, we were willing to continue discussions on Deshaun's behalf to explore ways to prevent a lawsuit and a public spectacle. But Mr Buzbee informed us that he was unwilling to do so. We expect this matter will be resolved in court."

And no court dates have been set in any of the 22 cases. We know that they'll be heard by at least 13 different judges.

- Well, Mycah, we know that the attorney, Attorney Tony Buzbee, is representing all 22 of these women. Did he give us any update on the status of their cases?

MYCAH HATFIELD: Well, so we know from court documents that Deshaun Watson's team has not filed a response to any of the 22 lawsuits that have been filed. So no update there. But as we reported on Friday, Houston police are now involved.

At least one of the victims went and filed a police report on Friday. And Tony Buzbee says that other jurisdictions might become involved too based on the allegations. But he didn't give any more information. Today during the press conference though, he did refute some of the information that Watson's team has put out over the last couple of weeks. I'll have more on that for you coming up at 6:00.

Live [INAUDIBLE] Micah Hatfield, ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

- All right, Mycah, thank you. Yeah.

- So much more here and to come. Thank you, Mycah, we appreciate it.