A new lawsuit against the team by accuser Toi Gardner paints a disturbing picture of what she alleges happened during two massages of Watson.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans are named in a lawsuit filed by attorney Tony Buzbee on behalf of one of the massage therapists who’ve accused former Texan Deshaun Watson of inappropriate behavior.
The 42-page lawsuit was filed on behalf of Toi Gardner, referred to as “Jane Doe #17” in an earlier Buzbee lawsuit against Watson. Gardner says she was a massage therapy student when Watson contacted her. Her encounters with Watson happened in Brazoria County where a grand jury declined to indict the former Texans quarterback on criminal charges.
Gardner is not one of the 20 women who recently settled their lawsuits against the quarterback.
“Twenty of the lawsuits were not as strong as the four that remain,” said KHOU 11 News legal analyst Carmen Roe. “Now, we are looking at deeper pockets with the Texans and you know Tony Buzbee has said we should expect more filings.”
Watson lawsuit allegations
- The new lawsuit alleges the Texans provided Watson with an NDA, or non-disclosure agreement, after a woman publicly accused him of inappropriate conduct in the fall of 2020.
- Brent Nacarra, the team’s director of security, had the woman’s social media posts removed and scrubbed from the internet, according to the lawsuit obtained by KHOU 11 News. In a deposition, Watson later said Nacarra had them removed because they included his CashApp number and other private information.
- The Texans are accused of enabling Watson’s alleged misconduct by providing him with a membership at The Houstonian Hotel and spa, paying for his rooms there and even loaning him their massage table.
- Genuine Touch, the massage business formally under contract with the team, was aware of “Watson’s tendency to push boundaries” and his “towel trick,” the suit alleges. The owner complained to the Texans that Watson was reaching out to random strangers on Instagram for massages instead of using her services, and was potentially risking exposure to COVID.
- According to the lawsuit, another therapist who regularly provided massages for players, and even traveled with the team, was aware of allegations against Watson. She pleaded the fifth when questioned by Buzbee about text messages referring to those allegations. She also pleaded the fifth …….