Did Deshaun Watson sexually assault a masseuse? Truth behind Tony Buzbee's lawsuit against Texans quarterback
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been accused of sexual assault by an unnamed woman in a lawsuit, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee disclosed on social media on Tuesday night. Watson retorted by refuting the woman’s allegations in a Twitter statement, saying he looked forward to “clearing my name” in the matter.
Buzbee, a lawyer who’s representing the woman, told KRIV-TV that his client is a masseuse and that Watson “went too far” with the woman while receiving a massage. He took to Instagram to post a lengthy message, countering Watson’s claim that the lawsuit is about money. Instead, the lawyer wrote, “it’s about dignity and stopping behavior that should be stopped, NOW!”
Did Deshaun Watson assault a masseuse?
Buzbee's Facebook post revealed the incident. "I am extremely proud to represent those who have no perceived power against those who have PERCEIVED power. Things are changing in this country, in this great state, and in this great city. And I feel like it’s for the better, for all of us!" The quarterback guided the Texans to consecutive division titles between 2018 and 2019 and led the league in passing yards during 2020. He also received Pro Bowl honors in each of his three seasons as Houston's primary starter, and is one of four NFL quarterbacks with a career passer rating over 100.
Buzbee added that on Tuesday, a suit was filed against Deshaun Watson. "Too many times women have put up with behavior that we all know no one should put up with. Should we make excuses for the famous? Or those who hold special positions, or quarterbacks on a local professional football team? I don’t think so!"
He went on to say that all people are equal and deserve dignity and respect. He shared that his father was a butcher, and his mother did two jobs driving his school bus and working in a snack bar. "Knowing what I know now: My momma had more dignity in her pinky finger than most executives or coaches or politicians or famous athletes have in their whole bodies! This case we just filed against Watson isn’t about money—it’s about dignity and stopping behavior that should be stopped, NOW!"
He asked followers to stay tuned for details, adding that he's a Marine and is not easily intimidated. He asks whoever has information or has been part of the incident to contact his office.
In a response to the lawyer, Watson wrote in a Twitter post: "As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plantiff's lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me. I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect. The plaintiff's lawyer claims that this isn't about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn't about money for me - it's about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that."