Deshaun Watson accused of forced sexual act in third lawsuit, attorney claims 9 women have hired him


UPDATE 3:54 p.m. ET: Attorney Tony Buzbee posted on Instagram Thursday that he has nine women who he will represent in cases against Watson for alleged sexual misconduct.

The attorney added that the other cases will be filed in due time and that he is "talking to several others."


More lawsuits are being filed against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, the third of which has come to light on Thursday. It is one of six that attorney Tony Buzbee claims will be filed.

According to Samantha Ketterer of the Houston Chronicle, the third lawsuit comes from a female masseuse who accuses Watson of forcing her to perform oral sex on him. NFL analyst Benjamin Allbright shared a screenshot of what he says is a copy of the third complaint.

The other two lawsuits filed also came from female massage therapists, the first of which can be seen in screenshots shared by KPRC's Vanessa Richardson.

Buzbee took to social media to announce that the third lawsuit had been filed, reiterating the same message that he had posted about the first claim.

"Third lawsuit of now six to be filed, against Deshaun Watson, alleging assault. This one is the most egregious, to date," Buzbee wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. "Again, I won't share details here, but we have open courts in our Texas Constitution, meaning all lawsuits are public record. Our staff has received numerous calls. We screen each one, and I personally talk with and screen any individual on whose behalf we file. I've been doing this a long time. I don't need "fame," and, to be quite honest, and I say this as modestly as I can, if I never made another penny I would be quite okay. Point is, I'm not pursuing these cases for the money, and every woman who has filed thus far has only plead the minimum amount to invoke the court's jurisdiction ($500). This isn't about the money!!

"And to be clear: I’ve had many high profile cases in my life. I represented a sitting governor when he faced life in prison. I’ve represented widows, orphans, amputees, and those horribly burned or injured. As lead, I’ve handled many mass torts and class actions recovering hundreds of millions of dollars. I’ve tried and won some of the largest cases in Texas history. But, I will say I’ve never faced the nastiness and vitriol I’ve experienced in this case. People are crazy! Threatening my kids? People I know? Threatening my fiancé? Telling me they will kill me or they hope I die? All because of football?? Get a grip!! Yet: We won’t be deterred or intimidated by key board warriors. As a Recon Marine I’ve seen danger—I’m not at all concerned by dumb shits with a keyboard. Haha. I’ll continue to proudly represent those who are written off and marginalized in our society. These cases are exactly why many of us became lawyers."

The Texans quarterback has not yet reacted to the third of these claims, though he took to Twitter immediately after the lawsuits first surfaced to respond to the allegations and categorically state that they are untrue.

"As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff's lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me," Watson wrote. "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."

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