A new lawsuit alleging sexual assault and harassment during massage sessions was filed Tuesday against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, who now faces 23 civil cases. We found out on Wednesday morning that one more will be filed which will take the number to 24.
These will be the first new lawsuits filed against Watson since April 2021.
One of the footnotes in the latest suit mentions how Watson’s camp offered each of the plaintiffs $100,000 to settle:
Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin issued a statement on Tuesday night after the 23rd lawsuit was brought to light.
“Deshaun Watson vehemently denies the allegations, just as he has since she first discussed them with members of our firm in March of last year,” Hardin said. “She repeated the allegations on social media in August and he denied them then. The only thing new about her contentions is the embellishment making them more extreme than prior versions. Deshaun’s denial remains the same.”
Watson consistently has denied the accusations made by those who are suing him. Regardless, there are now 24 different women suing him.
A pair of grand juries in Texas declined to bring criminal charges against the quarterback.
Watson signed a record-setting $230 million, fully guaranteed contract with Cleveland in March after he was traded from the Houston Texans.