A massage therapist in Houston has filed a civil lawsuit against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, alleging inappropriate conduct in her home in March 2020, according to ESPN. Since the massage therapist went public with her claim, nine other women have also made official legal allegations against the Houston quarterback.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday night by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, and alleges that Watson “committed civil assault” when touching the massage therapist with his penis and that he “intentionally or knowingly caused physical contact with Plaintiff when Watson knew, or should have reasonably known, that Plaintiff would regard such contact as offensive.”
Watson responded on Twitter to the lawsuit on Tuesday night, saying that he rejected “a baseless six-figure settlement demand” and that this is “about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.” At the time of his statement, Watson said he had not seen the lawsuit. “I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said in his statement.
The lawsuit alleges that Watson booked a massage on March 30, 2020, with a massage therapist who regularly works in her home. After leaving the room, the massage therapist alleges, she returned to find Watson lying on the massage table with just a small towel covering his groin area.
The lawsuit says the plaintiff “began to feel extremely uncomfortable” and “it became apparent that Watson wanted a massage for only one reason — sex.” It accuses Watson of exposing himself and subsequently touching the woman. In the lawsuit, the massage therapist alleges that after she asked Watson to leave, the quarterback made a statement that she considered to be a threat. The lawsuit also says Watson later texted her to apologize. The NFL has declined further comment at this time.
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