Courts order release of identities of several Deshaun Watson accusers

Emergency hearings underway Friday in Deshaun Watson sexual misconduct cases

HOUSTON – The identities of 14 women currently known as Jane Does in several cases against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will soon be revealed.

Two judges today ordered the accuser’s attorney, Tony Buzbee, to hand over their names in four cases. Buzbee agreed to reveal the identities of ten others.

KPRC 2 News learned Thursday that Rusty Hardin, the attorney for the Texans quarterback, filed the motion which is called a “special exception.”

Hardin said he cannot properly defend Watson without knowing the names of his accusers.

Buzbee said releasing the women’s identities would be putting them in danger. He showed screenshots of threats he says the women who have already been identified are getting.

Buzbee had filed a response to Hardin’s special exception motion, claiming the motion is an “intimidation tactic” and are a “blatantly transparent attempt to further traumatize, humiliate and embarrass brave women who have come forward to seek justice for their assault, sexual assault, and harassment at the hands of a serial predator.”

Buzbee has a few days to turn over the names.

There are still eight others cases in which the accusers are still known as Jane Does, but that could change.


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