In current weeks, NFL pundits have been feverishly speculating about potential touchdown spots for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, with many pointing to Miami as a possible vacation spot.
The 26-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowler who needs to be within the prime of his profession. However, he was dominated out of each recreation within the 2021 season due to “non-injury causes/private matter”—or at the very least, that’s what the Texans known as it. The actuality is much extra grim.
Over the previous yr, 22 women have filed civil lawsuits against Watson claiming a variety of sexual misconduct offenses. All of the alleged victims had been masseuses who say Watson crossed traces throughout their therapeutic massage remedy classes, from Watson allegedly rubbing his erect penis towards them with out their consent to forcing them to carry out oral intercourse. Quite a lot of the ladies say of their fits that they suffered from PTSD following the incidents, together with crippling anxiousness, melancholy, and panic assaults. Watson, by his lawyer Rusty Hardin, has denied the ladies’s allegations, saying that any “lively sexual exercise” that occurred in the course of the therapeutic massage classes was “mutually desired by the opposite social gathering.”
Despite the massive variety of accusers, all of whom have shared strikingly related tales, Watson has but to face any authorized repercussions or be suspended by the league. And The Daily Beast has discovered that Watson has tried to settle with a lot of his accusers, providing them between five- and six-figure sums in trade for his or her silence.
The Daily Beast has solely obtained considered one of these settlement affords from Watson to an accuser—who mentioned she refused to signal, turning him down. The girl has requested anonymity. You can learn the settlement provide right here:
In the settlement provide, Watson “denies all such claims and legal responsibility, together with the details alleged” by the accuser, and says the $100,000 cost is supposed to “purchase peace.”
If the accuser had been to settle for, they’d then agree to dismiss the pending civil go well with inside 24 hours and cling to strict confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses contained within the settlement, together with that neither social gathering nor their brokers “will communicate, write, or in any other case talk publicly or privately, together with in any interviews, social media posts, weblog posts, articles or another media or discussion board, on the phrases of this Agreement, and the quantity of the settlement”; won’t disclose the “Settlement Amount”; and that any violation of the settlement’s phrases “will trigger irreparable hurt and that cash damages can be insufficient to totally compensate for such damages.”
The FBI and Houston police are presently investigating the sexual misconduct allegations made towards Watson, and final month the police issued a collection of search warrants for Watson’s social media accounts.