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Watson’s attorney files response to 22 court cases

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  • Sarah BarshopESPN Workers Author

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    • Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee
    • Marquette College graduate

HOUSTON — Attorney Rusty Hardin has filed an approach to the 22 court cases filed in opposition to Deshaun Watson that says the Houston Texans quarterback’s appropriate group of workers has “already uncovered evidence that a lot of allegations on this onslaught of cases are simply no longer unbiased correct or correct.”

From March 16 to April 14, 23 court cases had been filed in opposition to Watson alleging rank habits and sexual assault. One lawsuit became once dropped by a plaintiff “for now,” per court paperwork, “in gentle of privacy and security concerns.”

The answer, filed Monday, says the court cases filed in opposition to Watson are “replete with mischaracterizations of [his] habits.”

“These range from being misleading, to fraudulent, to slanderous,” the story says. “Importantly, most effective two of the twenty-two court cases advise that Mr. Watson forced any make of sexual intercourse — an allegation Mr. Watson again vehemently denies.”

Watson’s appropriate response alleges that after eight of the plaintiffs massaged Watson, all “bragged about, praised, and had been massaging Mr. Watson.” The story also says seven plaintiffs “willingly worked or offered to work with Mr. Watson after their alleged incidents,” three plaintiffs “lied in regards to the series of lessons they actually had” with Watson, three plaintiffs “lied about their alleged trauma and ensuing wound” and 5 plaintiffs “informed others they desired to salvage money out of” Watson.

The answer goes into detail rebutting allegations made by several of the females who filed the court cases in opposition to Watson, naming 16 plaintiffs namely.

“It became once no longer unless the plaintiffs saw a possibility for a money snatch that they changed their tales to convert treatment lessons they bragged about to associates and family to something a lot extra unpleasant,” Watson’s solution alleges.

“Mr. Watson has been adamant that he didn’t lift in any negative habits and we strongly judge him,” Hardin said in a assertion launched Monday afternoon. “As a result of this truth, the answer to the query of whether or no longer we are saying that every particular person 22 plaintiffs are lying in regards to the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Watson is a resounding yes.”

Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing the 22 females who’ve filed the court cases, said in a assertion that “Watson’s most effective defense is to name these mettlesome females liars.”

“The musty and imprecise allegations made in Defendant’s response are demonstrably false. Watson can’t drawl he sought out an surprisingly high series of females for massages on Instagram; he doesn’t drawl he insisted on being nude or nearly nude; he can’t drawl the rub down lessons happened; he can’t drawl he wanted bigger than a ‘rub down’; and he hasn’t credibly denied that something unsuitable took save all the diagram by the session — he as an different claims that any sexual acts had been consensual. Clearly his definition of ‘consent’ doesn’t comport with that of every person else. I in actuality have faith that the court assignment will type out the reality as these issues progress,” Buzbee added.

Earlier than this solution, Watson’s lone feedback got right here when he posted a assertion on Twitter saying he had no longer seen the lawsuit but had beforehand rejected “a baseless six-figure settlement query.”

“I in actuality have by no methodology treated any lady with anything as adverse to the utmost admire,” Watson said in his assertion.

The NFL has launched an investigation into Watson below its non-public habits policy, and on April 6, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy known as the allegations in opposition to the quarterback “deeply nerve-racking.”

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