Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson prosecutors reach settlement

The Texans have settled with massage therapists who claimed the team allowed Deshaun Watson to harass them.

The Texans have settled with massage therapists who claimed the team allowed Deshaun Watson to harass them.
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The 30 women who were planning to file a claim against the… Houston Texans for their alleged role The sexual misconduct allegations against the team’s former quarterback, Deshaun Watson, have reached a settlement with the team, attorney for all 30 women, Tony Buzbee, said in a statement Friday.

That alleged sexual misconduct took place during massage sessions, with one of the women already filing a civil suit against the Texans last month. The suit accused the Texans of “facilitating Watson’s behavior”. Her case is settled, Buzbee said. All terms of the settlements are confidential.

“We were shocked and deeply saddened when we first learned of the allegations against our then-franchise quarterback in March 2021,” Houston owners Janice McNair, Hannah and Cal McNair said in a statement Friday. “While our organization had no knowledge of Deshaun Watson’s alleged misconduct, we deliberately chose to resolve this matter amicably.

“This is not an admission of any wrongdoing, but a clear stand against all assault and misconduct. We hope today’s resolution will provide some form of closure for the parties involved, our fans and the Houston community at large. As an organization, we will now turn our focus to the future and do what we can to ensure respect for everyone.”

Watson was traded from Houston to the Cleveland Browns in March with a possible suspension that would delay his debut with his new team. Clemson’s former quarterback has consistently declared his innocence. Last month, Watson settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits against him for alleged sexual misconduct while in Houston. Most notably, Ashley Solis, Watson’s first accuser to publicly identify herself, was not one of 20 women to settle.

As of March 2021, no fewer than 26 lawsuits have been filed against Watson for sexual assault and misconduct during massage sessions. One lawsuit was dropped by a prosecutor when a judge ordered her case to be changed with her name. Two Texas grand juries declined to charge charges against Watson earlier this year. Watson has maintained his innocence.

“I don’t want to comment further on the allegations or the alleged role of the Texans, except that there is a clear contrast in the way the Texans have handled these allegations and the way Watson’s team has done it,” he said. . Buzbee said in his statement Friday.

At Watson’s opening press conference, the Browns said they’d done their due diligence before to trade a heavy load, including three first round draft picks, ahead of him. Friday’s announcement doesn’t change the conversation about Watson’s actions and whether he should choose Cleveland until his probable suspension is served and all lawsuits brought against him are adjudicated or settled. Watson still can’t buy himself out of this problem. It’s too big.