Three more women have filed lawsuits accusing Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, bringing the total number of civil claims against the Houston Texans quarterback to 19.
The new lawsuits, which were filed in Harris County District Court on Friday and became publicly available Monday morning, contain similar allegations to those in the first 16 complaints, which were filed in a one-week span earlier this month. The unnamed women allege Watson exposed himself or purposely touched their hands with his genitals during separate massage sessions last year.
One of the new lawsuits also claims that “as a result of the repeated lawsuits against him, Watson is deleting Instagram messages, and contacting those who formally provided him massages, in an attempt to settle.” Many of the women suing Watson claim he initially contacted them on Instagram.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment. In a statement last week, he described the accusations as “meritless” and alleged one of the women had attempted to blackmail his client.
“We ask only that people not rush to judgment, that people not be unduly influenced by opposing counsel’s antics, and that they let fundamental fairness to both sides rule the day,” Hardin said in the statement.
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Watson, 25, is not facing criminal charges and has broadly denied wrongdoing.
It is unclear whether any of the 19 women have reported the incidents to police, or whether their lawyer, Tony Buzbee, has provided any evidence to local authorities. Spokespeople for the Houston Police Department and Harris County District Attorney’s Office have indicated they will not comment until or unless criminal charges against Watson are filed.
The NFL, meanwhile, has confirmed it is investigating the matter under the auspices of its personal conduct policy.
It is possible that Watson, who led the NFL in passing yards last season, could receive some sort of punishment from the league regardless of whether criminal charges are brought against him and how the civil claims are resolved.
The latest lawsuits, like the others, were filed anonymously by three women using the pseudonym “Jane Doe.” Among the new allegations:
- A flight attendant and massage therapy student claims Watson exposed himself and ejaculated onto her during separate massage sessions at her mother’s house in Pearland, Texas on Nov. 6 and Nov. 10. The woman alleges Watson offered to drive her to her mother’s house after she declined to give him a massage in a private suite at a hotel.
- A licensed massage therapist claims Watson exposed himself and touched her with his genitals during separate sessions “sometime in 2020,” at least one of which took place at Watson’s home.
- A licensed massage therapist alleges Watson exposed himself and touched her with his genitals during a massage session at her office in Houston on Oct. 19. A separate plaintiff alleges she gave Watson a massage on the same date.
Watson is a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the league’s highest-paid quarterbacks; He signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension last fall. His future in Houston is uncertain, however, after he asked the Texans in January to trade him to another team.