HOUSTON – Eighteen massage therapists who have worked with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson issued statements Wednesday, casting doubt on the stories of 21 women who are accusing the star player of assault and harassment.
Allegations by the nearly two dozen women suing Watson range from inappropriate touching to coerced sex acts.
Attorney Rusty Hardin, who is representing Watson, said the 18 therapists who issued voluntary statements of support for Watson have worked with him a collective 130 times over the past five years.
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“These statements show the other side to this story that has been so lacking in the flurry of anonymous complaints filed by opposing counsel,” Hardin said.
In many of the statements, the women said they never felt uncomfortable while working with Watson. Some said they find it hard to believe that Watson could do the things of which he is accused.
Below are the written statements as released by Hardin.