Grand jury declines to indict Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, determining he should not be charged with a crime
A grand jury on Friday declined to indict Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson following a police investigation sparked by lawsuits filed by 22 women who have accused him of harassment and sexual assault.
Attorney Tony Buzbee files lawsuit for 35+ attendees, including 21-year-old victim
Attorney Tony Buzbee announced Monday that his law firm will represent the family of one of the victims who died during Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, along with several other concertgoers who were injured during Friday night’s event.
After accuser speaks, Watson’s attorney says her lawyer asked for $100,000 settlement before lawsuit filed
Tony Buzbee is holding a press conference Tuesday to discuss the nearly two dozen lawsuits that have been filed by women accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of assault and harassment.
Eighteen Massage Therapists Defend Watson's Conduct As Lawsuit Count Hits 21
Shortly after two new lawsuits accusing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct became public Wednesday morning, Watson’s defense team released a list of statements from 18 female massage therapists defending his conduct during massages they gave him or witnessed over the years.houstonpress.com
Deshaun Watson’s attorney responds to lawsuit accusing player of deleting Instagram messages
HOUSTON – The attorney of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has released a statement in regards to a recent lawsuit accusing the player of deleting Instagram messages and contacting former masseuses in an attempt to settle. The 19th lawsuit against the quarterback alleges that “Watson is deleting Instagram messages and contacting those who formally provided him massages, in an attempt to settle. That said, he has not deleted any messages since March 15th, the day before the first lawsuit was filed. We categorically deny that he has reached out directly to his accusers in an attempt to settle these cases. We will address these issues, and others raised in these cases, in our formal response to the court in the coming weeks.”
Four More Lawsuits Filed Last Friday Against Deshaun Watson
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsOn Tuesday of last week, Deshaun Watson's camp finally spoke out in something other than haphazard supportive tweets and answers in press conferences (whose purposes had nothing to do with Deshaun Watson). More recently, former teammate Will Fuller and Watson's college coach Dabo Swinney both spoke out in general support of Watson as FRIENDS, as opposed to taking a side in the lawsuits. Meanwhile, the NFL is moving on, with a Watson trade unlikelyOver the last two NFL drafts, 2019 and 2020, we'd seen exactly ZERO trades involving a top six overall pick in the draft. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2021Wow, can you imagine the rampant Watson speculation that would be going on, if we didn't have these lawsuits hanging over his head?houstonpress.com
KPRC 2 legal analyst answers FAQ on Deshaun Watson case
The lawsuits filed accusing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault have garnered national attention. I sat down with KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice to discuss what could be next. And unfortunately for Rusty Hardin and Deshaun Watson, Tony Buzbee has put a crooked number up on the board in the court of public opinion with the sheer number of lawsuits. But as it is right now, we are in for the long haul.”These are civil lawsuits, not criminal. What a lot of our viewers may not know is that on the civil side, that doesn’t apply.”What does this mean for Deshaun Watson as a football player, not necessarily as a citizen accused?
4 more women file lawsuits against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, attorney says
HOUSTON – Rusty Hardin, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson’s attorney, has confirmed that the athlete been sued by four more women bringing the total number of lawsuits to 20. Attorney Tony Buzbee first posted about the four additional lawsuits Friday evening on Instagram. The incidents cited in the suits are said to have occurred between March 2020 and March 2021. Watson is a star quarterback for the Houston Texans. Note that none of the women are identified by name in the lawsuits.
The name ‘Jane Doe’ appears to be a hardship for Deshaun Watson’s defense team
HOUSTON – The name Jane Doe has become to be a hardship for the defense team for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson is accused of contacting these women, many of who are licensed massage therapists, on Instagram, according to the lawsuits. “Over the course of the last ten days, Deshaun Watson must feel like a hitchhiker in a west Texas hailstorm. “…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. “I think it’s a double-barreled shotgun that Deshaun Watson finds himself facing right now.
Attorney: At least 1 of Deshaun Watson’s accusers attempted to blackmail him
HOUSTON – At least one of the women who has accused Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of assault attempted to blackmail him earlier this year, according to the football player’s attorney. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”Declaration by Watson’s managerThe following is the declaration from Bryan Burney, Watson’s manager, as released by Hardin:1. In mid-January 2021, I spoke with an individual who I believe is the Plaintiff, identified as “Jane Doe,” in Jane Doe v. Deshaun Watson, Cause No. During my discussions with Ms. Doe, I questioned the factual basis for the “settlement” that she was requesting from Deshaun. I do not believe him capable of the conduct that “Jane Doe” has anonymously accused him of in this case.
Sources: Deshaun Watson had ‘completely consensual’ sexual encounters with ‘some’ of his accusers
HOUSTON – Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson did have sexual encounters with “some” of the women accusing him of sexual assault, sources close to Watson tell KPRC 2’s Vanessa Richardson. Those same sources insist the sexual encounters were “completely consensual.” They also said Watson had “non-sexual encounters” with some of the other accusers, where he was simply given a massage and there was no sexual contact. Watson posted a statement on Twitter after Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced the first lawsuit. In that statement, Watson vehemently denied any wrongdoing. Buzbee is representing all of the accusers, while attorney Rusty Hardin will represent Watson.
Watson Sued By Fourteenth Woman For Sexual Assault During Private Massages [UPDATED]
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsThe tidal wave of sexual misconduct accusations against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson continued Monday night as an additional woman sued Watson for allegedly assaulting her during a private massage. Fourteen women have now sued Watson over similar incidents during encounters with him. One woman described in detail how Watson allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him during a private appointment. We do not take these allegations lightly,” Hardin wrote.houstonpress.com
UPDATE: 16 Women Have Accused Deshaun Watson of Sexual Assault In Separate Lawsuits – Houston Public Media
All of the lawsuits allege Watson exposed himself to the massage therapists, among other more forceful acts. Updated 8:48 a.m. CT WednesdayTwo more women have accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault, according to lawsuits filed late Tuesday. The latest suits allege Watson exposed himself and inappropriately touched the women during massage sessions in 2020. —Updated 11:30 a.m. CT TuesdayAnother massage therapist has filed a lawsuit accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault, bringing the total to 14. The six new lawsuits, filed Monday, allege Watson exposed himself to massage therapists and inappropriately touched them during their sessions.houstonpublicmedia.org
5 things for Houstonians to know for Monday, March 22
More than 60,000 doses sent to vaccine hubs in Houston area this weekHere are things to know for Monday, March 22:1. The appointments are for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Bayou City Event Center or the first doses of Moderna vaccine at Delmar Stadium and The Parking Spot. As of Monday morning, all of the Johnson & Johnson appointments had been filled. People eligible for vaccination under the Texas Department of State Health Services criteria can visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 or the following direct links to self-register. AstraZeneca says US trial data shows vaccine 79% effectiveAstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against sickness and eliminated hospitalizations and deaths from the disease, including in older adults, in final-stage U.S. testing, the company announced Monday.
Tony Buzbee Sending Watson Lawsuit Details To Local Authorities
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. So if you thought that the Deshaun Watson lawsuit news cycle was going to take the weekend off, PLEASE. Second, the NFL is now investigating Watson, as outlined in a letter from the league to Buzbee that the attorney posted on his social media late last week. Finally, this latest news of Buzbee going to the local authorities is the scariest of all for Watson, because we aren't just talking about a worst case scenario of civil lawsuit settlements, or losing game checks. It should be pointed out that, other than the aforementioned Watson tweet on Tuesday night, Watson has said nothing about the allegations.houstonpress.com
Tony Buzbee to submit evidence to HPD, Harris Co. District Attorney in Texans’ Deshaun Watson case
HOUSTON – On Saturday, attorney Tony Buzbee announced his team will be submitting affidavits and evidence from several women, who accused Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, to the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney on Monday. On Friday, four more lawsuits were filed Friday against Watson by Buzbee’s law firm on behalf of female massage professionals. AdIn a press conference Friday afternoon, Buzbee detailed some of the lawsuits against Watson. RELATED: Houston Texans release new statement confirming NFL investigation into Deshaun Watson lawsuitsAdBuzbee described most of the victims as single mothers of different races. Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, released a statement Friday about the allegations:“I’m extremely proud to represent Deshaun Watson and wholly stand behind him against what we believe are meritless allegations.
Number Of Sexual Assault Accusations Against Deshaun Watson, Now At 7, Expected To Rise – Houston Public Media
During the first massage session, Watson removed all of his clothing and insisted that the woman focus on his thigh and buttocks, she said. The woman said Watson asked the woman to touch his penis, then moved his body to rub it up against her hand. After Watson attempted to kiss the woman on her mouth, she cut the session short and Watson abruptly left, according to the complaint. Responding to the allegations, Watson's agent, David Mulugheta, said on social media: “Individuals fabricate stories in pursuit of financial gain often. — David Mulugheta (@DavidMulugheta) March 19, 2021Leaders from the African American Coaches Association in Houston defended Watson on Friday, saying they believed that the accusations were false.houstonpublicmedia.org
Four More Women Sue Texans QB Deshaun Watson Over Alleged Sexual Assault
Texans QB Deshaun Watson now faces sexual misconduct lawsuits from seven women, with at least five more on the way. Support UsThe wave of sexual misconduct allegations against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson continued Thursday night as four additional women sued Watson for sexual assault. The women suing Watson are all represented by well-known local attorney and former Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee, who addressed the lawsuits in a Friday press conference. The four new lawsuits filed Thursday all describe similar episodes. Buzbee also said that ten additional women have come forward detailing similar misconduct from Watson.houstonpress.com
UPDATE: 4 More Women Accuse Texans QB Deshaun Watson Of Sexual Assault – Houston Public Media
Seven women have come forward with allegations that Watson sexually assaulted them during separate incidents in 2020. Updated March 19, 10:31 a.m. CTFour more women have accused Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault, bringing the total to seven, according to lawsuits filed Thursday evening by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee. Original story below:A third woman has accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault during a massage session late last year, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday evening. The lawsuit accuses Watson of forcing the massage therapist to perform oral sex during a massage session in December 2020. After more intimidation, the woman said she was forced to perform oral sex on Watson, according to court documents.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston Texans release new statement confirming NFL investigation into Deshaun Watson lawsuits
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans released a statement Thursday confirming that the NFL will be conducting an investigation into the allegations made against Texans star Deshaun Watson. Statement from the Houston Texans:“The NFL informed us today that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson. We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. As my dad always said: “If you are right, go ahead!” And so we go.”AdThe Buzbee Law Firm has now been hired by nine women to bring cases against Deshaun Watson. In one exchange posted by Buzbee, Watson appears to ask one woman what type of massages she performs.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Thursday, March 18
Here are things to know for Thursday, March 18:1. Now, Pamela Bunkley, Jones’ daughter, and her husband are suing CenterPoint Energy for wrongful death. AdBuzbee filled the second lawsuit early Wednesday but said the third one is the “most egregious” to date. We screen each one, and I personally talk with and screen any individual on whose behalf we file. Lauren Hammelman said a man followed her in a car and then exposed himself and yelled inappropriate things to her before taking off.
Are Houston Sports Cursed? (March 18, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday’s show: The latest on sexual assault allegations against Deshaun Watson, making sense of this latest low point in Houston professional sports, and essayist Rick Bass reflects on a changing Texas. On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The drama surrounding Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson took a startling turn late Tuesday. Houston area attorney Tony Buzbee announced on Instagram that his law firm has filed suit against Watson. Then, essayist Rick Bass reflects on the changing face of the Texas landscape in his latest collection Fortunate Son: Selected Essays from the Lone Star State. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee says he’s handling additional cases alleging assault by Texan QB Deshaun Watson
HOUSTON – On Wednesday night, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee says a third case will be filed alleging misconduct by Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Shortly after, the masseuse claims in the lawsuit that she became uncomfortable and stopped the massage and asked to leave. The suit also claims Watson reached out to the woman months later saying he was in Atlanta and asked if she was available. The lawsuit says she has suffered panic attacks and suffers from depression and anxiety – all of which she is seeking counseling to address, the lawsuit claims. The Watson cases remain allegations at this point in the legal process.
Deshaun Watson Sued For Sexual Assault By Multiple Women
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsAs quarterback news goes, Tuesday afternoon started off benignly enough, if you're a Houston Texans fan. Former Chargers' QB Tyrod Taylor reached agreement on a one-year deal worth up to $12.5 million with the Houston Texans, sources tell ESPN. Related Stories Four More Women Sue Texans QB Deshaun Watson Over Alleged Sexual AssaultSo this was largely viewed as a positive Texans QB development. This is the world of the Houston Texans in 2021.houstonpress.com
UPDATE: Texans QB Deshaun Watson Accused Of Sexual Assault By 2 Massage Therapists – Houston Public Media
Two massage therapists have now accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault during a massage sessions last year, according to a pair of lawsuits filed this week. "My associate, Cornelia, and I will file the second of what is now four cases on behalf of women against Deshaun Watson today,” Buzbee wrote. Towards the end of the session, Watson allegedly exposed himself to the masseuse and purposefully brushed himself against the woman’s hand, according to court documents. Watson then allegedly moved his body towards her, purposefully brushing against the woman's hand, according to court documents. After Watson allegedly refused to cover himself again, the woman ended the session and left while Watson showered.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texans QB Deshaun Watson Accused Of Sexual Assault In Lawsuit Filed By Tony Buzzbee – Houston Public Media
The lawsuit, filed by a female massage therapist, is seeking to raise awareness against sexual misconduct. A Texas massage therapist has accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of inappropriately touching her during a massage session, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The suit, filed by Houston lawyer and former mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee, alleges Watson requested a private massage from the woman, who works from home. During the massage session, Watson allegedly stated that he wanted the masseuse to focus on his groin area, according to the civil complaint. Towards the end of the session, Watson allegedly exposed himself to the masseuse and purposefully brushed himself against the woman’s hand, according to court documents.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texans QB Deshaun Watson Accused Of Sexual Assault In Lawsuit Filed By Tony Buzbee – Houston Public Media
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a female massage therapist, is seeking unspecified reimbursement for damages. A Texas massage therapist has accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of inappropriately touching her during a massage session last year, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The suit, filed by Houston lawyer and former mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee, alleges Watson requested a private massage from the woman, who works from home. During the March 2020 massage session, Watson allegedly stated that he wanted the masseuse to focus on his groin area, according to the civil complaint. “We take accusations of this nature that involve anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously.houstonpublicmedia.org
Texans’ Deshaun Watson versus Jane Doe: Inside the lawsuit filed by massage therapist
The lawsuit, filed in Harris County District Court, claims Watson contacted the massage therapist via Instagram to set up an appointment. Watson said he wanted the massage to focus on his groin area and that she only use her hands, the lawsuit says. AdThe lawsuit claims he eventually exposed himself from underneath a towel and touched her with his penis. The massage therapist is seeking “minimal compensatory damages” and has “suffered mental anguish as a result of Watson’s behavior,” the lawsuit reads. The lawsuit says she has suffered panic attacks and suffers from depression and anxiety – all of which she is seeking counseling to address, the lawsuit claims.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson responds to lawsuit attorney Tony Buzbee says he’s filing against him
HOUSTON – Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has responded to a lawsuit being filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee. Buzbee issued a vague announcement on his Facebook pages Tuesday night that he will be representing “those who have no perceived power against those who have perceived power.”The Facebook post reads the following:“I am extremely proud to represent those who have no perceived power against those who have PERCEIVED power. If you have info or have been part of this, contact my office: txattorneys.com.”AdI am extremely proud to represent those who have no perceived power against those who have PERCEIVED power. Things are... Posted by Tony Buzbee on Tuesday, March 16, 2021Watson responded to the allegations once he got wind of Buzbee’s post on social media. Watson’s tweet read the following:“As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer that has apparently been filed against me.
Conroe family files $100 million lawsuit after son's death during winter storm
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee is now filing a $100 million lawsuit against ERCOT and Entergy on behalf of Pineda's family. Buzbee stated that Texans were overwhelmingly failed during the winter storm that struck the state last week because of the negligence of energy providers. We like to brag that it's energy independent, and yet we have people dying in their homes because we don't have any power," Buzbee said. The companies need to be honest with us. ON HOLD: Texas officials block energy companies from levying huge bills on customersERCOT officials issued a statement about winter storm tragedy.chron.com
Lawsuit accuses ERCOT, Entergy of gross negligence after Conroe boy dies during frigid weather
The law firm of Houston attorney Tony Buzbee is representing the Pineda family in the lawsuit over the death of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda. Ad“Common sense tells you the weather played a part in his death,” Buzbee said. “What’s interesting about this whole ordeal is what these power providers and ERCOT knew long before many of us knew it,” Buzbee said. Entergy released the following written statement about the lawsuit: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in our community. We are unable to comment due to pending litigation.”AdKPRC 2 has also asked ERCOT for a statement regarding the lawsuit.