The most noteworthy item to arise from these three lawsuits — lawsuits number 17, 18, and 19 against Watson, as numbered on the county court website — is that, according to the 19th lawsuit, Watson has begun an attempt at a digital purge on Instagram, and has reached out to service providers to attempt to settle out of court. Here is the each quote:
“As a result of the repeated lawsuits against him, Watson is deleting Instagram messages, and contacting those who formally provided him massages, in an attempt to settle.”This would have been the first indication that Watson may want to settle his legal issues in any way, shape or form. as his tone was much different in his initial denial of any wrongdoing after the first lawsuit became public a couple weeks ago. At that time, Watson called the attempt at a six-figure settlement "baseless" and defended his behavior around women, in any setting.
For their part, Hardin, on behalf of Watson, vehemently denies the allegations of rampant message deletion and a desire to settle these lawsuits in a statement issued on Monday afternoon:
"Like a lot of people, Deshaun regularly deletes past Instagram messages. 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.
Opposing counsel’s continued statements that these cases aren’t about money do not square with the facts in at least two of these cases. It is incredibly irresponsible to continue to make these types of false allegations in this avalanche of anonymous lawsuits, particularly while we are still trying to find out who the accusers are. We will address these issues, and others raised in these cases, in our formal response to the court in the coming weeks."
The full 19th lawsuit follows below:
Here is the plaintiff recounting her making this call to one of Watson's NFL peers:
"Plaintiff reached out to one of her friends who played for the NFL and told him the complete story. The NFL player told her that there is a thin line between physical therapy and sexual pleasure. The NFL player said Watson crossed that line over into sexual pleasure."Legal expert Amy Dash of CBS Sports outlines below why this could be problematic for Watson:
Here is the full 17th lawsuit:
BIG NEWS: Acc'd to court docs, one Plaintiff claims she has an NFL player as a potential contemporaneous witness against Deshaun Watson. This also means the NFL will want to speak to that player as part of its own investigation to assess the woman's credibility. https://t.co/J2vvIk1BiY— Amy Dash (@AmyDashTV) March 29, 2021
And to round out the trilogy released on Monday, here is the 18th lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson:
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