A plaintiff’s attorney filed numerous civil lawsuits by women against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The cases state Watson assaulted, sexually assaulted, and harassed women after contacting them with the pretense of seeking a traditional massage.
Watson’s lawyer has acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations, shared his view the allegations are false, an account of a “blackmail scheme” by one plaintiff, derided the tactics of the plaintiff’s lawyer, and wants to get the names of the petitioners to investigate the allegations confidentially.
The plaintiffs’ attorney has objected to that implication and said he would provide additional information about non-disclosure agreement he states Watson wanted signed.
When I get repeated questions about a topic involving sports and law, I sometimes do explainers to share my opinions about a situation.
My background is that I’ve been a lawyer for 30 years for businesses and individuals, have practical legal experience in many areas of the law, including this topic, and have written about the Houston Texans and also NFL discipline issues since 2006.
The Deshaun Watson lawsuits FAQ includes:
Thoughts on emotional and high-profile legal topics.
General questions about the lawsuits against Deshaun Watson.
Civil Lawsuit Topics.
Potential Criminal Cases.
Potential NFL Discipline.
NFL Trade Implications.
My goal is to discuss this in a clinical, practical, accurate way in a way where it can be helpful to both lawyers and non-lawyers who have questions about this case.
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