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Deshaun Watson faces another lawsuit for 24th plaintiff

The plaintiff stated she’s coming ahead now after listening to Watson say he had no regrets and did nothing flawed.

HOUSTON — Former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is dealing with another lawsuit alleged sexual misconduct in reference to therapeutic therapeutic massage he obtained in 2020.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday morning in Harris County.

This is now the 24th lawsuit filed towards the previous Texan, who now performs for the Cleveland Browns. It can be filed by lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents the 23 different plaintiffs in lawsuits towards Watson.

The plaintiff goes into element in regards to the inappropriate habits she allegedly skilled in August of 2020.

She says it has brought on new therapists to get out of the therapeutic massage business.

The plaintiff stated she’s coming ahead now after listening to Watson say he had no regrets and did nothing flawed.

The lawsuit comes days after Watson lawyer Rusty Hardin made headlines himself for feedback he made on Houston SportsRadio 610’s Payne & Pendergast Show.

The 80-year-old Hardin closed the interview with an extended rant about “happy ending” massages.

“I don’t know how many men are out there now that have had a massage that perhaps occasionally there was a happy ending,” Hardin instructed the hosts. “Maybe there’s no one in your listening viewers that that ever occurred to. I do wish to level out, if it has occurred, it’s not a criminal offense. OK? Unless you’re paying any person additional or so to present you some kind of sexual exercise, it’s not a criminal offense. And so on the finish of the day, that’s another factor that will have an effect on conduct. Doing one thing or saying one thing or being a method that makes you uncomfortable isn’t a criminal offense. So, we’ve had two grand juries discover that, and no one appears to wish to pay attention.”

Several hours later, Hardin launched an announcement to attempt to make clear what he meant throughout the interview.

“Deshaun Watson did nothing flawed. And as two grand juries have made clear, Deshaun did nothing unlawful. Deshaun has all the time acknowledged consensual sexual exercise with three of the plaintiff therapeutic massage therapists after massages. And Deshaun has repeatedly sworn below oath that he didn’t power any of his accusers to have sexual contact.

“On a Houston radio show interview today, I mentioned that a massage that has a “happy ending” isn’t unlawful, which means it’s not unlawful for somebody to have consensual intercourse with a therapist after a therapeutic massage until the intercourse is for pay.

“Deshaun didn’t pay anybody for intercourse. I used to be utilizing the time period hypothetically and never describing Deshaun’s case.

“I have reiterated to others it’s not OK to do anything that a woman does not agree to do. These women have alleged assault in their pleadings. I was speaking in a hypothetical situation. If there is a consensual sexual encounter after a massage, that is not a crime nor the basis for a civil lawsuit. I was not talking about what Deshaun did or did not do or expected or did not expect.”

The twenty third case filed towards Watson got here one week after HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” ran a section interviewing two of his first 22 accusers. The twenty third lady to file a swimsuit towards the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback stated she did not initially plan to maneuver ahead along with her allegations however determined to take action after seeing the HBO section.

In a duplicate of the lawsuit, the lady claims Watson harassed or assaulted her on a number of events at a Houston therapeutic massage parlor in the summertime of 2020, whereas Watson was nonetheless a member of the Texans.

As Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio points out, buried deep within the lawsuit is the next footnote: “Of course, we now know that Deshaun Watson offered each Plaintiff $100,000 to settle their cases, but not all would accept that amount, due to the aggressive nondisclosure agreement that Watson’s team proposed.”

In the meantime, Buzbee instructed ESPN’s John Barr on Friday that he believes that Hardin’s feedback “may have single-handedly lost” Watson’s case. “Because I’m absolutely going to use that comment because I think it speaks volumes to how he, his team, and his client thing about the massage industry,” Buzbee added.

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