DESHAUN Watson’s lawyers have denied all allegations of sexual misconduct against the Texas midfielder star, and instead pointed to several complainants continuing to work with Watson after they say that he has acted inappropriately on them.
Rusty Hardin, a lawyer representing Watson, said: “These lawsuits are only false assessments of Mr. Watson’s behavior. “These range from misleading, deceptive to slanderous.”
Hardin released a statement on Monday in response to Ashely Solis, one of 22 women who filed a complaint against Watson accusing him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in 2020.
All the women applied under the name “Jane Doe” but were ordered to reveal themselves after Hardin assumed the star defender would have no chance to defend himself.
“At least five plaintiffs chose to work with Mr. Watson even after they assumed he had committed insulting and aggressive behavior in previous sessions: Erica Chapman, Kaylan Hurrington, Rebecca Nagy, Toi Garner and Chelcie Bell, “Hardin said in filing on Monday.
“Of course, this raises the question of why they agree to follow-up sessions when they claim their experience makes them feel ‘gagging’ and makes them ‘no longer accept cool guests’. -xa too, for fear of repeating this kind of harassment. ‘”
Hardin’s profile not only denied allegations of sexual misconduct by the women, but also revealed that many women other than those he named continued to work with Watson.
Hardin pointed to Tangee Johnson, who massaged Watson on a day after she alleged misconduct with the footballer. Hardin also pointed to Krystle Da Rosa, who looked for work with Watson even after she accused him of acting unsuitable for her.
The attorney’s filing comes more than a week after he admitted Watson was having sex with the masseuse but says it all agrees.
An attorney for the women, Anthony Buzbee, denounced Hardin’s filing as allegations.
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“As was fully anticipated and despite the attorney’s earlier statements, Deshaun Watson’s only defense was to call these brave women liars,” Buzbee said.
The majority of the complainants accused Watson of misconduct in Houston or the surrounding areas.
Watson spent all four years of his professional career in Houston, throwing the league’s highest single-ball to 4,823 yards by 2020.