Texans’ Deshaun Watson’s lawyer claims all 22 accusers are lying
The attorney defending Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson against a slew of civil lawsuits related to sexual misconduct allegations is claiming that all 22 accusers are falsifying their stories.
Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, filed his formal response to the allegations on Monday. His rebuttal claims that every single female masseuse who has alleged misconduct is lying about their experience with the QB.
“Mr. Watson has been adamant that he did not engage in any improper conduct and we strongly believe him. Therefore, the answer to the question of whether we are saying that all 22 plaintiffs are lying about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Watson is a resounding yes.
“We and Mr. Watson take allegations of sexual misconduct against women very seriously, as we all should. We have waited to respond to the numerous allegations made by Mr. Buzbee and his clients until we could responsibly investigate. In the few days since his accusers’ names have been revealed…we are discovering an avalanche of false accusations.”
23 lawsuits were filed against the Texans QB in March and April alleging varying instances of inappropriate conduct and sexual assault during massages. One of the suits was dropped “for now…in light of privacy and security concerns,” per court documents.
Hardin says Deshaun Watson denies all allegations of impropriety and claims that some of the women enjoyed their experiences with him.
“Only two of these 22 lawsuits allege forced sexual activity, which Mr. Watson vehemently denies. In the case of Sheneé Lawson, her business manager acknowledged to Mr. Watson’s marketing manager that the contact was consensual, but she still wanted money. And in the case of Marchelle Davis, witnesses state that Ms. Davis was happy and excited after she massaged Mr. Watson. She lied about being alone at the spa with him. She knew there was a security guard present at all times when Mr. Watson was there. In addition, she told witnesses that if Mr. Watson had paid her off, she would have supported him instead of suing him.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared screengrabs of the documents, which rebut the accounts of each plaintiff.
A part of Deshaun Watson’s attorney’s answer to the civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct filed against him: pic.twitter.com/BuV4jO1zmw
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2021
The attorney for all 22 accusers, Tony Buzbee, issued a statement rebuking the response from Watson’s team.
“The weak and vague allegations made in Defendant’s response are demonstrably false. Watson can’t deny he sought out an unusually high number of women for massages on Instagram; he doesn’t deny he insisted on being nude or nearly nude; he can’t deny the massage sessions occurred; he can’t deny he wanted more than a ‘massage’; and he hasn’t credibly denied that something bad happened during the session — he instead claims that any sexual acts were consensual. Of course his definition of ‘consent’ doesn’t comport with that of everyone else. I have faith that the court process will sort out the truth as these matters progress.”
A response from Deshaun Watson’s defense team is likely a tactic in settlement negotiations.
Collectively, the women’s accounts paint a distinct and consistent pattern of behavior from Watson towards his accusers.