Browns’ Deshaun Watson faces another civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct in Texas

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Deshaun Watson is now free to access Browns facilities halfway through his 11-game NFL suspension, but he’s not yet clear of allegations of troubling off-court behavior. A massage therapist filed a new civil lawsuit in Harris County District Court in Houston on Thursday, accusing the embattled quarterback of sexual misconduct, as reported by Fox 8 from Cleveland. This is the 25th lawsuit against Watson in the past two years, although the QB previously reached confidential settlements for all but one.

The new accuser, who is not named, alleges Watson pressured her into a sexual act during a private massage session that took place in December 2020, when the former Pro Bowler was still playing for the Texans, by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. Unlike the previous 24 accusers, she is not represented by attorney Tony Buzbee. One of her attorneys, Anisah Nguyen of Universal Law Group in Houston, told Fox 8 that the woman had been “struggling” since the encounter, needed time to come forward, and is now doing so “for herself and for other women who were victimized by Deshaun Watson.”

Watson and his own attorney, Rusty Hardin, have sworn their innocence to each charge. The QB has since softened his stance, saying he’s ‘truly sorry for all the women I’ve touched’ but has already made repeated efforts to deny any wrongdoing, even acknowledging he’s courted dozens different private therapists during his stay in Houston. . He was initially suspended six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but the ban was later extended to 11 games, and accompanied by a $5 million fine and required counseling, after that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell condemned Watson’s “blatant” and “predatory” behavior. .

Watson did not face any criminal charges stemming from allegations that he sought sexual encounters during the therapy sessions. His new accuser, Nguyen told Fox 8, is seeking a “just and speedy” resolution to the case.


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