HOUSTON – KPRC 2 has learned that all 22 civil lawsuits filed against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson have been consolidated and for pre-trial discovery will go in front of one judge.
“I think it’s a critical first step in a journey of a thousand miles that will ultimately result in my estimation in the bulk of these cases being settled,” said KPRC 2 Legal Analyst Brian Wice. “This is a step that benefits both sides. Neither side has to engage in hand to hand combat over 14 or 15 different venues.”
Since mid-March, more than two dozen massage therapists have accused Watson of sexual misconduct during their sessions with him.
In most cases, the women claim that the 25-year-old contacted them via Instagram to set up a massage, but during the massage, he wanted more.
Attorney Tony Buzbee says he is representing all of the women and filed all their lawsuits under the name “Jane Doe.” Last week, Buzbee released the names of two of the women during a news conference, in which one of Watson’s accusers spoke to a room full of reporters.
With the cases now being consolidated, Buzbee will likely need to release the names of all of Watson’s accusers.
“In the not too distant future, perhaps as early as Wednesday, we are going to see the cavalcade if you will of these almost two dozen complainants,” Wice said.