12:40 PM PT — Tony Buzbee says he now represents TWELVE woman with claims against Deshaun Watson … and he expects that number to grow.
“We are now representing 12 women and we will file 5 more cases in due course. We have spoken to more than 10 additional women, 22 women,” Buzbee said.
Buzbee says the women he represents come from different racial backgrounds — 7 of them are Black, 2 Hispanic and 3 are Caucasian.
Buzbee says he’s been contacted by the Houston Police Dept. — which is now looking into the allegations.
Buzbee also shot down conspiracy theories that the Houston Texans were driving the lawsuits as a result of a standoff between Watson and Texans ownership. Buzbee says he lives near the family that owns the Texans but does not know them personally.
12:18 PM PT — The attorney representing the 9 women accusing Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct is about to address the media … and claims he will reveal damning text messages and DMs sent by the QB.
Tony Buzbee says the news conference is set to begin at 12:30 PM PT — and it’s taking place outside of his law firm’s office in Houston.
We’ll be live streaming the whole thing directly to the site — stay tuned.
9:42 AM PT — Deshaun’s agent, David Mulugheta,has broken his silence about the allegations against his client — doubling down on the notion the women are making up the accusations for “financial gain.”
“Sexual assault is real. Victims should be heard, offenders prosecuted,” Mulughetasaid in a statement Friday morning.
“Individuals fabricate stories in pursuit of financial gain often. Their victims should be heard, and those offenders also prosecuted.”
“I simply hope we keep this same energy with the truth.”
In other words, Mulughetastrongly believes the accusers are lying and he’s extremely confident Watson will be vindicated in the end.
7:00 AM PT — Four more lawsuits have been filed — bringing the total number of cases in the court system against Deshaun Watson to SEVEN.
Accuser #4, Accuser #5, Accuser #6 and Accuser #7 — all using the pseudonyms “Jane Doe” — make similar accusations to the previous accusers.
All 4 women say they were contacted by Watson to perform a private massage and he got aggressive in pursuit of a sex act.
The new accusers say they never consented and felt violated. They’re suing for civil assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The attorney representing the women suing Deshaun Watsonclaims he has text messages and DMs from the QB which back his client’s allegations … including an apparent apology from Deshaun after a massage session gone bad.
The first woman who filed her lawsuit against the Houston Texans QB claims Watson became aggressive during a treatment in March 2020 … which ended after he allegedly repeatedly tried to direct the woman to massage his genitals.
In her suit, the woman claims a fully-erect Watson exposed his penis and “purposely touched [Jane Doe’s] hand with the tip.”
The woman claims she ended the massage immediately and began to cry. Afterward, she claims Watson sent her a text message apologizing for his behavior.
Now, her attorney, Tony Buzbee, is going public with the alleged apology text from Deshaun.
“Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable. Never were the intentions. LMK if you want to work in the future. My apologies.”
Buzbee claims he has “multiple texts” that he will release at a news conference set for Friday afternoon in Houston.
Buzbee claims to represent NINE women who claim they were all wronged by Watson … noting, “The allegations are similar.”
So far, 3 of the women have formally filed lawsuits against Watson — each saying Watson sought them out on Instagram to perform massage treatments … only to aggressively demand sex acts during the sessions.
One of the women claims Watson forced her to perform oral sex on her, against her will.
For his part, Watson adamantly denies the allegations — and claims he’s the victim of a shakedown by an attorney looking to score a cash grab from his lying clients.
But, Buzbee insists the women are telling the truth and will expand on the allegations during the news conference in just a few hours.