Ashley Solis is first Texans’ Deshaun Watson accuser to reveal identity
On Monday afternoon, the 22nd lawsuit was filed as part of a group civil suit against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
On Tuesday afternoon, the first lawsuit filed saw its accuser come forward publicly — becoming the first plaintiff to do so.
At a press conference held by attorney Tony Buzbee, Ashley Solis — a massage therapist in the Houston, Texas area — revealed her identity and her cause against the former Clemson star, in a tearful, revealing statement to the public.
Ashley Solis is the first woman to come forward publicly to accuse Deshaun Watson of sexual assault'
"I am survivor of assault and harassment, Deshaun Watson is my assaulter and my harasser, he assaulted me at my home doing what I love most, massage therapy" pic.twitter.com/oA8luucYNk
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 6, 2021
Buzbee represents all 22 cases currently against Deshaun Watson, in what continues to be an extensive and growing case. In Monday’s suit, Texans beat reporter and ESPN NFL Nation’s Sarah Barshop noted allegations have now been made that Watson used as many as 50 different women for massages — licensed or not.
Solis, meanwhile, iterated on Tuesday that she’s not out for material gain, and according to Barshop, two others have now attached their names to the suit:
"People say I'm doing this just for money," Solis said. "That is false. I come forward now in hopes Deshaun Watson does not hurt another woman."
— Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) April 6, 2021
A Monday letter from the McNair family to Houston Texans season ticket holders eschewed on the side of caution, calling for all facts and investigation to be completed while condemning sexual assault:
“While we await the conclusions of these Deshaun Watson investigations, we express our strong stance against any form of sexual assault. Our family and the entire Houston Texans organization are deeply troubled by any form of abuse and we condemn this type of behavior. We will continue to commit resources to help prevent abusive behaviors from occurring in our community and ensure respect for all.”
Anyone under civil or criminal investigation is considered innocent until proven guilty.