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Deshaun Watson accusers to be publicly identified, judge rules

During an emergency listening to Friday, Judge Dedra Davis mentioned she needs to shield each events and has given Buzbee two days to launch his shoppers’ names.

HOUSTON — A Harris County judge has granted Rusty Hardin’s request for the names of 20 ladies who’ve sued Deshaun Watson for allegations starting from publicity to sexual assault.

On Friday, Judge Dedra Davis dominated Tony Buzbee would have two days to launch the victims names to the general public.

Buzbee requested that the names solely be given to solely Watson’s authorized protection however was denied. 

Editor’s Note: Above video was printed earlier than the emergency listening to on Friday, April 9, 2021

Davis said her greatest concern was the ladies being misidentified by the media and the general public. She determined releasing the names was additionally vital to guarantee due course of and to shield each events.

Two of the ladies – Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley – went public earlier this week, sharing their tales of alleged encounters with Watson.

The different 20 alleged victims stay nameless, identified solely as “Jane Doe.”

In an announcement Thursday, Rusty Hardin mentioned using nameless lawsuits violates state legislation.

“We have said this before and we want to say it again: Deshaun did not force, coerce or intimidate anyone to do anything against their will. When we asked Mr. Buzbee to identify his clients weeks ago, he refused and told us to file a motion. Today we filed that motion. As discussed in our filing, Mr. Buzbee’s use of anonymous lawsuits violates Texas law and the basic concept of fairness. It is clear that, for Mr. Buzbee, this case has never been about seeking justice in a courtroom, but destroying Deshaun’s reputation to enhance his own public profile and enrich himself. While I understand that anonymity often is used as a shield for victims, Mr. Buzbee is using it as a sword. While shielding his clients from public scrutiny, Mr. Buzbee continues to use their anonymous allegations to destroy Mr. Watson. This is simply not right. And we look forward to resolving these matters in court.”

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