HOUSTON — Former Houston Texans and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with at least 66 women for massages during a span of 17 months from late 2019 to early 2021, a detailed report from The New York Times on Tuesday alleges. The Times also reports that Texans team security provided a nondisclosure agreement to Watson that he later employed during massages, as well as a hotel room where at least seven women met the star quarterback for sessions.
The report follows two additional civil lawsuits being filed against Watson in the past seven days, raising his number of outstanding lawsuits to 24. All of those suits are alleging either sexual misconduct or sexual assault. The most recent litigation from the past seven days raised a handful of new allegations, including that Watson once entered into a settlement negotiation that would have paid 22 accusers $100,000 each to settle out of court, and that he solicited “more than a hundred” massages with “strangers” through social media.
Tuesday’s report from the Times draws more detail to how Watson was allegedly interacting with some of the women who provided massages, including claims that he “begged” for oral sex and repeatedly sexualized massage sessions with a wide swath of women who met with him. The content of the report appears to shed light on the most recent lawsuit filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the 24 women currently suing Watson.
In the 24th suit filed Monday, Buzbee details a narrative in which Watson allegedly displayed a pattern of interacting with women under the guise of massage therapy before shifting his sessions toward sexual encounters. The Times’ report details some of those alleged experiences through interviews with women who are either suing Watson or claim to have encountered him through massage solicitations.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, didn’t immediately respond for comment Tuesday.
A New York Times report alleges that Deshaun Watson met with at least 66 women for massages during a span of 17 months, and that Texans team security provided an NDA to Watson that he later employed during massages, as well as a hotel room for some sessions. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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