Deshaun Watson reached settlements in 20 of 24 sexual misconduct lawsuits – NBC Chicago

The plaintiff’s attorney, Tony Busby, said in a statement Tuesday that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson reached confidential settlements with 20 of 24 women who have sued him.

Watson was facing civil lawsuits from 24 massage therapists accusing him of sexual assault and harassment during private sessions in 2020 and 2021 when he was the quarterback for the Houston Texans.

“I am announcing today that all but four of the cases against Deshaun Watson have been settled,” said Busby, who represents all 24 women who have sued Watson. “We are working through the paperwork related to these settlements. Once we do that, these specific issues will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We will not comment further on the settlements or those issues.”

The lawsuit from Ashley Solis, the first plaintiff to speak out and sue Watson, is one of four unresolved cases.

“As we mentioned, Ashley Solis is one of the protagonists of this story,” Busby said. “Her case is not settled, and so her story and that of the three other brave women will continue. I look forward to having these cases heard in a timely manner, consistent with other agenda commitments and the court’s schedule.”

As the NFL investigation continues, disciplinary action against Watson remains possible.

Watson, who entered the league in 2017 and was named to three Pro Bowls, reportedly requested a deal from Texans in early 2021 after growing discontent with management. The deadlock between the midfielder and the franchise came to a halt in March 2021 when the first allegation emerged regarding an incident said to have occurred the previous year. Within three weeks of filing the lawsuit, a total of 22 were filed.

Watson sat for the entire 2021 season, and his absence is listed as “unrelated to injury.”

Watson was not facing criminal charges after a grand jury refused to indict him in March. After the grand jury dismissed the criminal charges on March 11, the trade market for Watson intensified. Brown acquired the 26-year-old quarterback on March 18, signing him to a five-year contract worth $230 million.

Speaking publicly for the first time in nearly three months at Brown’s practice facility on June 14, Watson continued to maintain his innocence by asserting that he had never committed sexual misconduct.

“I never used anyone,” Watson said. I didn’t harass anyone nor did I harass anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything.”

However, he regretted it.

“I am sorry about the impact (which I am making) on ​​society and people outside of myself only,” Watson said. This includes my family. This organization includes. That includes my teammates in this locker room who have to answer these questions. Includes Cleveland Browns fan base. This includes males, females and everyone around the world. That’s one thing I regret is the impact it’s had on so many people. It’s hard to deal with.”

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