First, as he said he would last Friday, Buzbee filed a 24th lawsuit against the Cleveland Browns quarterback on Monday morning, first reported by Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com:
Second, Buzbee said he would use Hardin's comments in the aforementioned interview against Watson in court, and sure enough, they get mentioned at the beginning of the third page of the lawsuit:
Another lawsuit has been filed against Deshaun Watson. This is the 24th active civil lawsuit filed against the Browns quarterback.— Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) June 6, 2022
"Deshaun Watson's attorney has called every woman suing Watson a liar. Watson's lawyer claims that "happy endings" are common in massage therapy and, short of paying extra for it, such conduct is not a crime. Watson's lawyer goes on to say that making a massage therapist "uncomfortable" due to the type of conduct described herein is not a crime. The public comments made by Watson's defense team evidence a belief system that explains Watson's conduct: when Watson contacts a random massage therapist on Instagram for a massage, unbeknownst to the therapist, Watson is wanting more than a massage — his "thing" is using his celebrity to make a massage session into something more. The woman do not learn about Watson's proclivities until it is too late. What Plaintiff alleges herein is disgusting and abhorrent conduct, a habit and custom of conduct, that is actionable under the laws of the State of Texas. Despite Watson's legal team's efforts to normalize such conduct, such conduct is not normal, and is legally actionable."Here are the comments from Hardin in the last Friday's interview :
Here is the lawsuit in its entirety:
Deshaun Watson's attorney Rusty Hardin ended his interview with @SethCPayne & @SeanTPendergast this morning reminding the audience that "happy endings" to massages are not necessarily illegal. https://t.co/dkWBghW7Eg pic.twitter.com/V0nOq1PeAi— SportsRadio 610 (@SportsRadio610) June 3, 2022
As ;lawsuits against Watson go, and there are now two dozen of them to choose from, this one alleges some particularly lewd, graphic, and dysfunctional behavior. In this lawsuit, the plaintiff, Katy Williams, alleges that Watson at one point began masturbating in front of the plaintiff, and when she refused Watson's advances, Watson stood up, continued masturbating. When Watson ejaculated, the bodily fluid landed on the plaintiff's chest and face.
Rusty Hardin statement on the 24th lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson, filed earlier today: pic.twitter.com/gxNEVWWvRR— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) June 6, 2022
So now we are at 24 lawsuits against Watson. In the interview I conducted with Hardin, it was very clear to me that the biggest obstacle to successfully defending Watson was the sheer volume of accusers. It's tough to sway the public into thinking 24 women are ALL lying. Right now, the number is increasing, and who knows if more women are equally moved by Watson's lack of contrition as Nia Smith (plaintiff number 23) and Williams were.
The NFL was at a point where they were finishing up their investigation, but with every new lawsuit, there are new details to dissect. This is what the Cleveland Browns have signed up for.
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