Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson facing 23rd active civil lawsuit over alleged inappropriate sexual conduct


Another woman has filed a lawsuit against Deshaun Watson, joining 22 other women who have accused the Cleveland Browns quarterback in civil cases of inappropriate sexual conduct during massage sessions.

In this 23rd civil case against Watson, the lawsuit states that the plaintiff had his first massage sessions with Watson during the summer of 2020 and that his “behavior grew worse.” During the third and final massage, the lawsuit states that Watson exposed himself to her, touched the woman between the legs and “repeatedly requested” the plaintiff have sex with him.

According to the lawsuit, the woman changed her mind about suing Watson after watching HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” last week. On that show, two other women, Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes, who have also accused Watson of inappropriate sexual conduct, criticized the Browns for giving the quarterback an NFL-record $230 million guaranteed contract after trading for him in March.

“It’s just like a big ‘screw you,'” Solis told HBO.

Leah Graham, one of Watson’s attorneys, told HBO that Watson has “no regrets because he did nothing wrong.”

“In that piece, plaintiff was struck by the courage of the victims willing to step forward and speak and was extremely displeased by Watson and his legal team’s mistreatment and revictimization of the plaintiffs,” the latest lawsuit states. “But it was Watson himself claiming that even now he has ‘no regrets’ and has done nothing wrong that solidified her resolve. She brings this case seeking minimum compensation, but to obtain a court finding that Watson’s conduct was wrong.”

Two grand juries in Texas have declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson, who has denied all wrongdoing. The NFL is investigating whether Watson violated its code of conduct policy and interviewed the quarterback in person two weeks ago as part of its investigation.

At the NFL’s spring meeting in Atlanta, commissioner Roger Goodell said he thinks the NFL is nearing the end of its investigation but couldn’t give a timeline for when a ruling might be made.

The Browns did not immediately issue comment on the latest lawsuit. Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the 23 plaintiffs, said “other cases may come against” Watson.

“The Watson defense team has vilified these women and this cause,” he said in a statement. “Shame on them! We look forward to trying this case in court.”


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