Texans QB Deshaun Watson hit with 14th lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct
A 14th woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to a civil lawsuit filed Monday night.
The woman, an unnamed massage therapist in California, alleges that Watson exposed himself to her and touched her with his genitals during a massage session at a house in Beverly Hills, California on July 15. She also claims that Watson told her afterward: "I will not have you sign a (non-disclosure agreement) but don't ever talk about this."
The woman's claims echo those made by more than a dozen other women who have filed lawsuits against Watson in Harris County District Court over the past week.
Watson, 25, broadly denied wrongdoing in a statement released last week, before the first lawsuit was publicly available. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, has since described the women's claims as "meritless" and indicated that they would respond to the lawsuits in greater depth at some point this week.
Watson has not been charged with a crime, or suspended by the NFL. The league confirmed last week that it is investigating the matter under the auspices of its personal conduct policy.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing all 14 of the women, said in a news conference last week that his firm's next step would be to submit information and evidence to Houston police and the Harris County District Attorney's Office – the first steps toward potential criminal charges. Buzbee did not immediately reply to an email inquiry Tuesday about whether that had occurred.
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Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the district attorney's office, said in a statement Monday that "it would be inappropriate for a District Attorney’s Office to comment any way on a civil lawsuit, and we refrain from publicly discussing allegations in any matter until and if a criminal charge is filed."
"We do this out of fairness to all," Schiller continued.
The latest lawsuit against Watson, which was filed Monday night and became publicly-available Tuesday morning, contains similar claims as the others. But there are also a few notable differences.
While most of the alleged incidents occurred in Houston, where Watson plays, this one took place in Beverly Hills. The woman, a licensed massage therapist, is described as a California resident. And unlike many of the other women, the lawsuit states that she "routinely provides massage therapy to athletes from professional football teams and other high-profile athletes."
In the latest lawsuit, the woman also states that she "believes Watson to be a serial predator."
A spokesperson for Hardin did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
A first-round pick in the 2017 draft, Watson has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three years and is generally regarded as one of the top players at his position. He requested a trade earlier this season due to frustration with management, but the Texans have so far declined to deal him.
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