Eighteen women who claim to have been masseuses for NFL star Deshaun Watson have vouched for his character and say he has always been professional as the footballer has been accused of sexual misconduct.
However, the Houston Texans quarterback remains on the defensive, with two more complaints filed Tuesday, bringing the total number of lawsuits against him to 21.
Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, revealed the statements of support for the quarterback. They come from women who have given him more than 130 combined massages, Hardin says.
“ These women say they are deeply troubled by the allegations against Deshaun and that these allegations are completely inconsistent with their experiences with him and who they think he is, ” Hardin said in a statement to TMZ
“They all said that Deshaun never made them feel uncomfortable or demanded anything that was beyond the scope of a professional massage.”
Deshaun Watson gets a show of support from 18 masseuses who worked on him
All the women went on record in their statements of support for Watson.
Myah Roberson started working with Watson in December 2019 and helped him develop the use of the towel referenced in other lawsuits.
“Some of these accusations are so ridiculous,” Roberson said. “I just can’t see him doing any of those things.
‘He was never inappropriate with me. I have not felt threatened in any way. ‘
A licensed physical therapist says she performed a massage on Watson in July 2020 and he “ texted me on my drive home to make sure I got home safely. ”
A licensed massage therapist worked on Watson multiple times in 2020 and always felt safe working with him, she said, a feeling echoed in many of the statements.
“I’m just completely floored by these lawsuits,” said licensed therapist Masako Jones.
Many of the women who went on record described Watson as relatively quiet, sometimes listening to music during the massages.
Many of them also discussed how common it was to work on more sensitive areas of the lower body, especially when working with athletes.
A therapist explained what happens when a man becomes aroused during a massage session.
“ When working on the adductors and groin / pelvic area, it’s not uncommon to accidentally rub the penis, but you don’t intervene, ” said Norma Reyna.
“I teach my students to use a firmer touch or move to another area if a client becomes aroused during a session, which sometimes happens.”
Two more civil lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct were filed with a Texas court on Tuesday night, bringing the grand total to 21.
A massage therapist, who works for Team USA’s athletics program, says she has worked on Watson more than 40 times since 2018.
“In all this time, I have never had a single uncomfortable or inappropriate experience with Deshaun,” wrote Jas Brooks.
Certified massage therapist Tina Nguyen wrote, “When I finally realized who he was, I asked him to have his photo taken with me to give to my son, who is a huge fan.”
Several women closed their statements with fear at the excess of allegations against Watson.
Rusty Hardin (left), Watson’s attorney, claimed in a statement that his legal team has “strong evidence” that an allegation made by a woman who they believe filed one of the lawsuits is false. Tony Buzbee (right) represents the 21 women who have filed lawsuits against Watson
Two new lawsuits obtained by DailyMail.com were filed Tuesday with the Harris County, Texas district secretary on behalf of an Arizona massage therapist and a Houston woman who were working to obtain her massage therapy license.
The Houston woman claims that Watson regularly exposed herself and intentionally touched her with his penis, but continued to work with him for fear of her career.
In a fourth appointment, Watson allegedly forced the women into oral sex and cum on her. After that she wouldn’t work with him anymore.
“These women say they are deeply troubled by the allegations against Deshaun and that these allegations are completely inconsistent with their experiences with him and who they think he is,” Rusty Hardin said in a statement revealing the 18 statements of support.
One of the new lawsuits says Watson has contacted plaintiffs “through intermediaries.”
That follows Sunday social media from Houston attorney Tony Buzbee that Watson deletes Instagram posts and contacts the women.
Hardin has denied those claims, saying that since March 15, Watson has not deleted messages or contacted accusers seeking settlements.
Neither of the two new lawsuits charges Watson with sexual assault, although two other prosecutors who filed a complaint earlier this month claimed he forced them to perform oral sex on him.
Buzbee represents all 21 women who have filed lawsuits against Watson as Jane Does to date.
Buzbee has claimed on Instagram that he is looking for a place to provide evidence because Hardin’s son works for the Houston Police Department.
[I have] found out that my legal opponent, Mr. Hardin, has a son who is part of HPD’s exclusive command staff, ” Buzbee wrote on Instagram.
“I am in no way saying that Deshaun Watson’s attorney, Mr. Hardin, has a son who is in a position that would jeopardize HPD and her investigation. I support his service, along with all of the Houston police officers – I think the constituency knows that.
“But I say that I and my clients will go elsewhere to provide our evidence to law enforcement authorities.”
Houston police did not comment on the lawsuits, nor did the local district attorney’s office.
The NFL, meanwhile, is investigating, but is not commenting on the matter further.
Buzbee said the lawsuits are not about money at a news conference this month, and said the women are seeking damages of $ 500, the lowest amount that can be filed in Texas Civil Court.
He says the lawsuits are about correcting Watson’s pattern of behavior and the culture of the NFL.
Buzbee has a text claiming that Watson asks the plaintiff about his ‘butt area’
In a statement last week, Hardin claimed he had “ strong evidence ” that a prosecutor is lying and says she tried to blackmail his client for $ 30,000, but failed.
Buzbee also claims that Watson asked his massage therapists to sign nondisclosure agreements.
“ We will also provide a copy of the nondisclosure agreement Deshaun Watson and his marketing manager have repeatedly insisted that Jane Doe (and others) signed after (and sometimes before) the ” massage session, ” which she declined to sign, ” Buzbee wrote a statement.
Watson has denied any wrongdoing.
Several of the alleged incidents are said to have taken place in a hotel where Watson was staying. Two of the lawsuits specifically identified that hotel as The Houstonian (pictured)