Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has already filed 22 lawsuits over various sexual misconduct allegations, has now been named in 10 complaints to the Houston Police Department, it was revealed Monday night.
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin told ESPN about the complaints, saying eight had been filed by women who had previously charged him with sexual misconduct, but two of the women are new accusers who have not filed lawsuits against the 25-year-old NFL star.
The Houston Police Department has not announced a public inquiry and details of the complaints have not been released.
Watson previously denied all allegations of sexual misconduct when he was indicted in April and Hardin said all sexual contact between his client and prosecutors was by mutual consent.
Houston Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has already filed 22 lawsuits over various sexual misconduct allegations, has now been named in 10 complaints to the Houston Police Department, it was revealed Monday night.
Hardin told ESPN that Watson is working with the police and the Harris County District Attorney’s office. NFL investigators have not yet questioned Watson, although Hardin said it is common for leagues to take a step back until law enforcement investigations are completed.
“And when the criminal investigation is over, we will fully cooperate with the NFL,” Hardin said, referring to the NFL’s ongoing investigation into the charges against Watson.
“We’ve made it clear to the NFL that we’ll work with them fully when they’re ready to visit us,” Hardin continued. “But they always try, out of respect for the criminal investigation, to wait until it’s done before trying to talk to the suspect.”
Tony Buzbee, the Houston attorney representing Watson’s 22 prosecutors, responded to ESPN in a statement: “As of today, nearly half of these women have made affidavits to police and nearly half have spoken with the NFL’s investigative team. . Both procedures take a very long time. We expect all victims to provide further information to the NFL.”
High-profile attorney Rusty Hardin (pictured) represents Texans QB Deshaun Watson
As for the civil lawsuits, Hardin told ESPN that documents have been exchanged between the legal teams, but the two sides have not yet issued statements about the 22 women. The deposits will begin in September, but Watson will not be deposed until February, after the upcoming season, Hardin said.
“It really goes the normal course of all civil lawsuits,” Hardin said of the statements. ‘The dates have not yet been determined, the exact dates about who would go when. But they start in September.’
Hardin told ESPN his client will not sign a settlement that includes a confidentiality agreement: “I don’t want anyone to say that this man paid women to keep quiet and so, if there was ever a settlement, it would have to be public and so both parties [Watson] and the women could say whatever they wanted to the whole world.’
Watson recently signed up for training camp without the NFL putting him on the commissioner’s exempt list — an encouraging sign of his availability this season.
The NFL has been investigating 25-year-old Watson since March, when the first of 23 women came forward with allegations ranging from harassment and indecent exposure to sexual assault (a plaintiff has since withdrawn her lawsuit).
The plaintiffs, most of whom work as massage therapists or other similar professions, filed separate lawsuits as Jane Does in March and April but have since revealed their identities following a court order.
Through Hardin, Watson has called the allegations “false” and insists all sexual contacts between him and the accusers were consensual. No criminal charges have been filed in the case.
The NFL had the opportunity to put Watson on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, effectively suspending him while the competition investigation continues. An NFL spokesperson did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Watson, who led the league in recruiting in 2020 after signing a four-year contract extension worth $156 million last summer, was looking for a trade before the allegations surfaced, and that may be on the horizon.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 plaintiffs, claimed some of his clients were threatened as a result of the lawsuits
Despite reporting to training camp — something that helped Watson avoid $50,000 in fines for every day he missed — the former Clemson star has told the team he still hopes to be traded, and now his the Texans willing to listen to offers, according to reports from Pro Football Talk and ESPN.
Despite the accusations, the Texans are aiming for a big return: five high draft picks and/or high-level players, according to ESPN.
Texas spokesmen did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Hardin addressed recent trade rumors surrounding his client, though he explained to ESPN that he is not Watson’s agent and is not involved in football-related decisions for the quarterback.
“Teams are ready to jump now if the Texans want to trade with them, even if this is still pending,” Hardin said. “There is no doubt that teams, countless teams, are still interested. The ball is in the Texans’ court.’
Buzbee told ESPN he is “focused not on whether Watson will play,” but rather “on the well-being of the women he has interacted with.”
The club has not publicly responded to him since April, when new Texans chief executive Nick Caserio said he would “respect the legal process.”
The club has not publicly responded to Watson since April, when new Texas general manager Nick Caserio (left, right) said he would “respect the legal process”.