16 women have accused the quarterback Deshaun Watson of made sexual-misconduct allegations.
The 16th accusations came in after two more women on Tuesday made sexual-misconduct allegations against him.
The lawyer for Houston Texans quarterback, Rusty Hardin said that he believes that “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false” in a Tuesday statement including a declaration on behalf of Watson claiming one of the believed plaintiffs in question previously tried to extort him.
Watson, who is currently facing 16 separate lawsuits filed in Harris County, Texas, and all these 16 women are represented by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee. In the latest suits, the claims — two of which were filed Tuesday — are similar to those in the earlier cases in which the women accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his genitals or kissing them against their will while he got a massage.
All the 16 lawsuits were filed by attorney Anthony Buzbee, who said his investigators were vetting allegations that could likely lead to at least two dozen lawsuits against Watson.
“I want to emphasize at the outset that we and Deshaun recognize that sexual assault and harassment are not only unlawful, but morally wrong,” Hardin said. “It takes courage for women to come forward to report being mistreated, particularly when they attach their names to a lawsuit. We do not take these allegations lightly. However, fairness to the accused is equally as important.”
The NFL said it is investigating the allegations against Watson.
Hardin also claimed that Buzbee has refused his legal team’s requests to confidentially provide the names of the plaintiffs so they can investigate the allegations details in the suits.