Deshaun Watson has been facing sexual misconduct allegations for months. As of Monday, the Browns QB has been hit with 24 civil lawsuits alleging he exhibited inappropriate and non-consensual sexual behavior during sessions with massage therapists.
According to ESPN, the plaintiff in the newly filed suit is alleging that during one of his sessions, Watson exposed himself and masturbated, and “offered no apology or explanation for his conduct.” The lawsuit states that the plaintiff quit massage therapy following the incident.
The attorney for all 24 plaintiffs, Tony Buzbee, released a statement about Watson’s behavior saying,
Today we filed the twenty-fourth case alleging sexual misconduct against Deshaun Watson. The allegations made in this case are strikingly similar to those made by many of the other victims. Lost in the media frenzy surrounding Deshaun Watson is that these twenty-four strong, courageous women, who despite ridicule, legal shenanigans, and intense media scrutiny, continue to stand firm in what is right.”
The new lawsuit is the second to be filed against Watson in the last seven days. The 23rd case was filed on May 31st and states that during Watson’s third massage session with her, he “exposed himself to her, touched her between the legs and repeatedly requested” that they have sex.
Watson and his legal team are adamant that he did nothing wrong during his massage therapy sessions and his lawyer Rusty Hardin even stated that “happy endings are not illegal” during a recent appearance at a radio station in Houston. He also asserted that Deshaun only had consensual sexual encounters, and clarified his sentiments stating:
On a Houston radio show interview today, I mentioned that a massage that has a ‘happy ending’ is not illegal, meaning it is not illegal for someone to have consensual sex with a therapist after a massage unless the sex is for pay. Deshaun did not pay anyone for sex. I was speaking in a hypothetical situation. If there is a consensual sexual encounter after a massage, that is not a crime nor the basis for a civil lawsuit.”
Deshaun Watson is currently under review by the NFL, despite two grand juries in Texas declining to pursue criminal charges against him.
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