HOUSTON – The name Jane Doe has become to be a hardship for the defense team for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Attorney Tony Buzbee has filed 16 lawsuits against Watson alleging sexual misconduct during massage sessions. Watson is accused of contacting these women, many of who are licensed massage therapists, on Instagram, according to the lawsuits.
During the massage sessions, the lawsuits allege that in some cases Watson exposes himself to the women, touches them with his genitals and in one case a woman said he forced her into performing oral sex on him.
The commonality in the all of lawsuits is that the plaintiff’s name is listed as Jane Doe, which is not typically seen in civil cases, according to KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice.
“Over the course of the last ten days, Deshaun Watson must feel like a hitchhiker in a west Texas hailstorm. He can’t run. He can’t hide and he can’t make it stop,” said Wice. “Tony Buzbee has been successful in waging war on Deshaun Watson’s credibility in the court of public opinion and he’s been able to do that, in my estimation, in large part because the defense doesn’t really have a sense of who these plaintiffs are.”
Earlier this week, Watson’s defense team released a statement in which they believe they were able to identify one plaintiff.
“…in the one case in which we have been able to identify a plaintiff, we have strong evidence showing the allegation is false,” said Watson’s defense attorney Rusty Hardin. “In January of this year, a woman attempted to blackmail Deshaun by demanding $30,000 in exchange for her ‘indefinite silence’ about what she stated was a consensual encounter.”
Outside of that plaintiff, it is not clear if the defense team knows the identity of the other Jane Does, which prevents them from offering a defense publicly.