Deshaun Watson returned to Houston to be filed Friday in civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault

CLEVELAND, Ohio (KTRK) – Former Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson is back in Houston for another filing Friday in Houston in connection with the 22 civil lawsuits he faces from women who accuse him of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.His attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed that Watson was present Friday for another hearing, and that 20 of the plaintiffs’ 22 filings had been completed.

The allegations stem from the massages the player received starting in 2020. The first lawsuit was filed last March. The Houston Police investigation began in April 2021 after a criminal complaint was filed.Earlier this year, grand juries in Harris and Brazoria counties declined to indict Watson.

Watson was traded to the Cleveland Browns in March.

During his introductory press conference in Cleveland, the 26-year-old was asked if he would go to counseling.

“It’s hard for me to say the counseling part because I don’t have a problem. I don’t have a problem. That’s what I said from the start,” Watson said, adding that he was willing to talk to people to make sure he doesn’t find himself in the situation again, but doubled down on that He has no problem.

He said at the time, “As I said before, I’ve never taken offense at anyone, I’ve never ignored anyone, I’ve always been respectful. That’s what I’ve always stood for and that’s what I am as a person.”
In their lawsuits, the women alleged that Watson exposed himself, touched them with his penis, or kissed them against their will during massage appointments. One woman alleged that Watson forced her to have oral sex.

In April, a Texas judge ruled that Watson must say whether he had sex with 18 massage therapists who supported him last year after criminal complaints and lawsuits from other women.

USA Today reported at the time that Watson had 30 days to comply. Previously, he did not talk about his past with therapists. Watson also had to provide other information about his massage history since 2019, including any language in his contract with Texas about massage.

Although Watson has not been criminally charged, the NFL has its own personal conduct policy and can be suspended.

Watson said he has no intention of settling civil claims.

The Associated Press and ESPN contributed to this report.

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