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A lawyer representing Deshaun Watson says 20 0f 24 lawsuits filed against him by massage therapists have been settled. The 4 remaining lawsuits are expected to go to trial.

The Cleveland Browns quarterback has reached an agreement to settle 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed by women who claimed he sexually harassed them during massage therapy sessions, an attorney for the women said Tuesday.

"Today I announce that all cases against Deshaun Watson, with the exception of four, have settled. We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements," said attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing all 24 women. "Once we have done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We won't comment further on the settlements or those cases."

Buzbee said 4 of the lawsuits are not settled and will go to trial.

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"I never assaulted anyone," Watson said in his first public comments since signing with the Cleveland Browns in March. "I never harassed anyone or I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything."

Watson previously settled lawsuits by women in Houston before departing for Ohio.

In March, two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges. But the NFL is considering suspending the promiscuous quarterback for the entire season.

Watson signed a 5 year, $230 million contract with the Browns, including a $44.9 million signing bonus in March.

It isn't clear what will happen to his contract if he is suspended for the entire year.

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The NFL will likely seek a suspension for an entire season for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, said a source with knowledge of the league's internal investigation.

The NFL Players' Association is expecting Watson to be hit with "unprecedented" punishment for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Watson will likely be suspended for an entire season or until the lawsuits have been settled, the source told The Association Press.

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The NFLPA is defending Watson and will point out the league's double-standard for its owners if Watson is suspended for a full season.

24 massage therapists have filed lawsuits against Watson and 2 more accusers have stepped forward.

A source in Watson's camp cautioned the media to be "careful" about specifying how long the suspension will last.

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The FBI reportedly questioned at least one of the women about her allegations.

Houston Police Detective Kamesha Baker explained the FBI's involvement in the case during a deposition earlier this month. Baker, who questioned 10 of the accusers, said the FBI is investigating whether Watson is being extorted by the women.

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Over 60 women have acknowledged providing masseuse services to the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

On Tuesday, Watson continued to deny the allegations.

"I never assaulted anyone," Watson said. "I never harassed anyone or I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything."

In a deposition last month, Watson admitted making massage therapist Ashley Solis cry by exposing himself to her after a massage session.

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Deshaun Watson is facing a 24th civil lawsuit filed by an accuser who claims she gave him a massage and he finished the session with a "happy ending" on her face and chest.

In the court documents, the 24th accuser said that Watson masturbated in front of her and ejaculated on her face and chest.

The unidentified plaintiff said she stopped the massage after Watson got an erection, and that he continued to pleasure himself then ejaculated, splashing some on her chest and face. She says she quit doing massage therapy soon after.

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Watson is pictured recently with his longtime fiancee Jilly Anais who is sticking by him.

According to Cleveland.com, the newest lawsuit mentioned an interview by Watson's attorney Rusty Hardin on SportsRadio 610 last Friday, where Hardin stated that happy endings were not illegal in most jurisdictions.

The plaintiff's attorney Tony Buzzbee later said Hardin's comments will hurt Watson in court.

Buzzbee told ESPN's John Barr that Hardin "may have single-handedly lost his client's case because I'm absolutely going to use that comment because I think it speaks volumes to how he, his team and his client think about the massage industry."

Watson recently offered the plaintiffs $100,000 each to make the lawsuits go away, but they declined.

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Earlier this year, a grand jury cleared the 26-year-old quarterback of sexual assault charges and declined to indict him.

Watson was rewarded with a $250 million contract from the Cleveland Browns soon after.

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Deshaun Watson and his girlfriend Jilly Anais stepped out to dinner at Giorgio Baldi on Saturday, as the NFL concluded its investigation into sex assault allegations.

Jilly is standing by her man despite the confirmed allegations against him.

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As you know, nearly 2 dozen massage therapists accused the Cleveland Browns star of sexual misconduct. He faces 22 civil lawsuits filed by his accusers.

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During one deposition, Watson admitted making a massage therapist cry after he exposed himself to her. He also confessed that he had consensual sex with three massage therapists.

The victims have been interviewed by NFL investigators. According to reports, the NFL is prepared to make a determination based on the evidence.

A number of sports analysts agree a suspension is likely. The question is how many games will he be suspended.

Some observers speculate his suspension could range from one game to 12 games. There are 17 games in a regular NFL season.

After a grand jury declined to indict Watson on sex assault charges, he signed a $230 million contract with the Browns. Some Browns fans canceled their season tickets as a result.

Meanwhile, Houston Texans coach Lovie Smith says he made the right decision to cut Watson loose after he requested a trade in 2021.

"You know, sometimes divorce is good," Smith told Cris Collinsworth on a podcast. "Again, I don't know what all happened, the accusations are there. If they have merit, that will all come out in time, but for our football team, we needed to move on."

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Deshaun Watson admitted he cheated on his longtime girlfriend, Jilly Anais, with 3 massage therapists.

Earlier this year, a grand jury declined to indict the Cleveland Browns quarterback on sexual misconduct and harassment charges.

Watson, 26, sat for depositions in civil lawsuits filed by 22 massage therapists who say he sexually harassed them after sessions.

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He admitted that he made massage therapist Ashley Solis cry when he exposed himself during a massage session.

Watson has insisted that he had no intentions to have inappropriate sexual contact with the plaintiffs. He claimed any illicit contact was initiated by the women.

On HBO's Real Sports, Soledad O'Brien asked one of Watson's lawyers whether he had illicit intentions when he went in for those massages.

"Well, in every massage, I will tell you he did go, intending just for a professional massage," said attorney Leah Graham. "And only those three instances where sexual conduct occurred– consensual sexual activity – it occurred after the massage session had ended. And Mr. Watson has testified and is insistent that that sexual activity was initiated by the plaintiff in every single instance."

O'Brien also spoke with two of Watson's victims who insist they did not initiate sexual contact with him.

The women, Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes, are two of the 22 plaintiffs who have pending litigation against Watson.

The women are also cooperating with the NFL's ongoing internal review of the allegations.




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Earlier this year, a grand jury declined to indict Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson on sexual misconduct and harassment charges.

But his legal troubles aren't over yet.

He still faces 22 civil lawsuits by massage therapists, who allege sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy sessions.

Watson, 26, has been sitting for depositions in the many civil lawsuits filed against him. He also met with NFL executives who heard him admit that he made massage therapist Ashley Solis cry when he exposed himself during a massage session.

He also admitted to sending an apology text to Solis afterwards, according to her attorney, Tony Buzbee.

Buzbee said in the lawsuit that Watson exposed himself to Solis and purposely touched her with his penis after a massage. He allegedly told her to focus on his groin area during the massage. His actions made her cry and she abruptly ended the session.

Afterward, Watson sent a text to Solis, which is part of the lawsuit.

"Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable. Never were the intentions. [Let me know] if you want to work in the future. My apologies."

Solis was the first of 22 women to file a lawsuit against Watson alleging sexual misconduct during massage sessions in her home from early 2020 to 2021.

"I replay the incident over and over in my head as if I'm trying to wake up from some horrible nightmare, only this nightmare is real," Solis said during a press briefing in April 2021.

"I feel a range of emotions, guilt, embarrassment, shame, courage, anger, sadness and numbness. Some days I feel like a hero. Other days I feel like a failure."

Watson reportedly contacted Solis through Instagram to arrange private massage sessions in her home.
 
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Nike and Beats by Dre reportedly suspended Deshaun Watson's endorsement deals after nearly two dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.

The Apple-owned Beats by Dre is the second major brand to distance itself from Watson amid the damaging allegations.

"We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation," a Beats by Dre representative said in a statement.

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The 25-year-old Houston Texans quarterback faces sex assault allegations from multiple massage therapists who say he solicited them for sex on social media.

The women say the pro athlete made unwanted sexual advances during private massage therapy sessions.

Lawsuits accuse Watson of being a sexual predator who victimized women by pretending to seek massage therapy sessions.

"Watson is in the sex trade. He needs to be stopped," according to a lawsuit from an alleged Aug. 2 incident.

Ashley Soils, the first woman to file a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Watson, said "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."

22 women in total have filed lawsuits against him, Complex.com reported.

Watson vigorously denied the allegations. He explained that he contacted massage therapists via DMs on Instagram.com because his usual masseuse contacts were on lockdown due to the Covid.

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Clay Travis says sports media is "struggling" with the Deshaun Watson case because "It doesn't fit easy identity politics criteria."

The 25-year-old Houston Texans quarterback faces sex assault allegations from multiple massage therapists who say he solicited them for sex on social media.

The OutKick founder says there's a good reason why the media isn't all over the Watson case.

"One reason that this story is receiving almost no sports media attention is because it doesn't fit easy identity politics criteria," Clay said during his radio show OutKick the Coverage on Monday.

"Because you have women who are mostly powerless, and mostly minorities that are usually considered to be victims in cases like these. But then the person who potentially took advantage of them is black in Deshaun Watson, who is typically considered to be a victim in sports media circles too."

Travis continued:

"So what happens when two victim-laden ideologies collide? Your typically woke sports media doesn't know how to cover it because they're going to alienate one side of the equation, in the victimization pyramid, if they pick a side."

Travis compared Watson's case to former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, who was accused of a mooning incident at the University of Tennessee -- 20 years after the fact.

"Think about the way that Peyton Manning's alleged mooning was covered by ESPN when it became a big story in wake of the Carolina Panthers losing to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl a few years ago. Cam Newton didn't shake hands. He stormed out of his press conference. And a result, that imbecile Shaun King, social media woke warrior, decided to go back into Peyton Manning's history and draw up 20-year-old allegations from when he was in college."

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At least 14 women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Watson.

Five more women have accused the Texans star of misconduct since the first lawsuit was filed in Harris County District Court last week.

The women said the incidents occurred in January and March of this year and around July and August of last year.

The lawsuits accuse Watson of being a sexual predator who victimized women by pretending to seek massage therapy sessions.

"Watson is in the sex trade. He needs to be stopped," according to the lawsuit from the alleged Aug. 2 incident.

Watson vigorously denied any sort of misconduct. He explained that he contacted massage therapists via DMs on Instagram.com because his usual masseuse contacts were on lockdown due to the Covid.

In text messages obtained by an attorney for the plaintiffs, Watson apologized for asking a masseuse if she's "comfortable with the glute area."

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The Houston lawyer representing Deshaun Watson's accusers has revealed alleged texts from the star quarterback apologizing to a masseuse for making her uncomfortable.

The 25-year-old is under fire for allegedly sexually assaulting massage therapists in the Houston area.

One of the texts shows Watson attempting to schedule an appointment with a masseuse before asking if she's "comfortable with the glute area." In another text exchange from March 30, 2020, Watson allegedly apologizes to an accuser.

"Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable," Watson allegedly wrote. "Never were the intentions. Lmk (let me know) if you want to work in the future. My apologies."

After posting the messages on social media, the attorney, Tony Buzbee, said more texts will be posted in addition to copies of the lawsuits.

Watson vigorously denied the allegations on Twitter, saying that he rejected "a baseless six-figure settlement demand" and that this is "about clearing my name."

"I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect," Watson said in his statement.

Buzbee announced the first lawsuit on Tuesday. Four more lawsuits have been filed against Watson, bringing the total of lawsuits to seven.

Buzbee also said there are now a total of nine women who plan on suing Watson.