First of Deshaun Watson’s 22 prosecutors speaks out publicly and says she is now suffering from panic attacks
The first of 22 Jane Does to sue Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct, identified herself publicly on Tuesday, tearfully saying she is now suffering from panic attacks and depression after the 25-year-old quarterback exposed herself and her with his penis during a private massage.
“My name is Ashley Solis,” the licensed massage therapist said at an emotional press conference alongside her attorney, Tony Buzbee. Remember that name. … I was scared. I am no longer afraid.
“I survived abuse and harassment; Deshaun Watson is my attacker and my attacker, he attacked me at home doing what I love most, massage therapy, ”she continued. ‘I can no longer do the profession I love most without trembling.
“I hope he knew how heartbreaking that is for me.”
Watson’s 21 other prosecutors have yet to publicly identify themselves. Through his attorney, Watson has denied all claims of sexual misconduct.
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Ashley Solis (right), the first of 22 Jane Does to sue Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct, made herself public at a press conference on Tuesday and said she now suffers from panic attacks and depression after the 25- year old quarterback. exposed himself and touched her with his penis during a private massage. “My name is Ashley Solis,” said the licensed massage therapist at an emotional press conference next to her attorney, Tony Buzbee (left). Remember that name. … I was scared. I’m no longer afraid ‘
Watson (right) released a statement after Solis anonymously filed her lawsuit on March 16, saying he had never scorned a woman. Since then, 21 other women have filed complaints against him, while his attorney, Rusty Hardin, has accused plaintiffs of being motivated by financial gain. “People say I only do this for money,” said Solis (left). ‘That is not true. I now come forward hoping Deshaun Watson doesn’t hurt another woman ‘
Ashley Solis is the first woman to publicly report to accuse Deshaun Watson of sexual assault ‘
“I am the survivor of assault and harassment, Deshaun Watson is my attacker and my attacker, he attacked me at home doing what I love most, massage therapy” pic.twitter.com/oA8luucYNk
– gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 6, 2021
Buzbee represents all 22 women who have filed a complaint against Watson, most of whom work as professional massage therapists.
The plaintiffs are suing for civil assault and intentional emotional distress, accusing Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis and, in some cases, ejaculating on them. Two of the prosecutors are also suing for sexual assault, claiming that Watson forced them to perform oral sex on him.
Houston police and the NFL are both investigating the charges. Buzbee said Solis has spoken to police about her allegations.
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin has said his client will cooperate with any police investigations.
According to Solis’s application, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, Watson exposed himself during his massage in March 2020 before adjusting his position to squeeze his erect penis into her hand.
“Plaintiff abruptly ended the massage and asked Watson to leave her home,” you read in the application.
“I replay the incident over and over in my head as if trying to wake up to a terrible nightmare, only that nightmare is real,” she said on Tuesday.
Solis said she was in tears when Watson left. When he went out, she said, Watson said to her, ‘I know you have a carer and a reputation, and I know you would hate if someone messed with yours, just like I don’t want mine is rumbling. ‘
Later, she said, Watson reached out via text message to apologize for the incident, but she did not respond.
Solis said she’s struggling to work as a massage therapist after the incident with Watson
Watson made a statement after Solis anonymously filed her lawsuit on March 16, saying he has never scorned a woman. Since then, 21 other women have filed lawsuits against him in Harris County, Texas.
His attorney, Rusty Hardin, has shared statements from 18 other female massage therapists saying that Watson was acting correctly during their private sessions. Hardin has also charged the 22 plaintiffs with financial gains.
Solis responded to that accusation on Tuesday.
“People say I only do this for money,” said Solis. ‘That is not true. I come forward now hoping Deshaun Watson doesn’t hurt another woman.
“We were all misled into thinking Deshaun Watson was a good guy, and unfortunately we know that good guys can do terrible things,” she added.
Another prosecutor was also identified by Buzbee on Tuesday.
That prosecutor, Lauren Baxley, did not attend the press conference, but her letter to Watson was read to the media on Tuesday.
“Every line, from professional and therapeutic to sexual and degrading, that you crossed or attempted to cross,” Baxley wrote of her alleged encounter with Watson.
Several of the massage therapists reportedly met Watson at a local hotel, The Houstonian, where he stayed in 2020