Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is denying allegations in multiple sexual assault lawsuits that were filed on Wednesday. The first lawsuit alleges the star signal-caller made inappropriate advances and touched her with his penis at her home in Houston in March 2020.
The lawsuit was filed by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, alleging the quarterback “committed civil assault” and “intentionally or knowingly caused physical contact with Plaintiff when Watson knew, or should have reasonably known, that Plaintiff would regard such contact as offensive,” according to ESPN.com.
Buzbee revealed a second lawsuit was coming from an Atlanta-based masseuse with similar allegations against Watson, with as many as four potential lawsuits lined up.
Shortly after the allegations surfaced, Watson released a brief statement vehemently denying any wrongdoing.
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) March 17, 2021
“As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me,” Watson wrote on Twitter. “I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.
“The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing [the] suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me – it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.”
The Texans, who have to decide on Watson’s future with the team, released a statement of their own acknowledging they are aware of the allegations against the star quarterback.