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Deshaun Watson settles with all however 4 civil sexual misconduct fits, lawyer says

Deshaun Watson settles with all however 4 civil sexual misconduct fits, lawyer says

(Warning: This story comprises allegations of sexual misconduct.)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson settled with 20 of the 24 ladies who filed civil lawsuits in opposition to him, lawyer Tony Buzbee mentioned Tuesday.

“At present I announce that each one circumstances in opposition to Deshaun Watson, apart from 4, have settled,” Buzbee mentioned in a press release. “We’re working by means of the paperwork associated to these settlements. As soon as we now have carried out so, these explicit circumstances will probably be dismissed. The phrases and quantities of the settlements are confidential. We received’t remark additional on the settlements or these circumstances.”

Buzbee identified in his assertion that Ashley Solis, the primary girl to publicly accuse Watson, is among the 4 ladies who has not settled with the Browns quarterback.

“… Ashley Solis is among the heroes of this story. Her case has not settled and thus her story and that of the opposite three courageous ladies will proceed. I sit up for attempting these circumstances sooner or later, in step with different docket obligations.”

This alerts an vital marker in a narrative that started on March 16, 2021, when one therapeutic massage therapist accused Watson of sexual misconduct throughout periods whereas he was nonetheless a member of the Houston Texans. Over the course of the subsequent 12 months, 23 more women filed civil sexual misconduct lawsuits against Watson. In the course of all of it, the Browns traded for Watson and signed him to a first-of-its-kind five-year, $230 million deal that was absolutely assured.

Watson by no means confronted legal prices after two Texas grand juries declined to indict him earlier this 12 months and he maintained his innocence since the allegations first surfaced.

Deshaun Watson settled most of his civil sexual misconduct suits. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Deshaun Watson settled most of his civil sexual misconduct fits. (Photograph by Nick Cammett/Getty Photos)

What comes subsequent for Watson

Regardless of the settlements, this isn’t the top of the Watson saga.

There are nonetheless 4 civil fits pending in opposition to Watson and extra might nonetheless floor as effectively after The New York Occasions reported Watson met with as much as 66 therapeutic massage therapists since 2017. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, additionally got here underneath hearth lately when he tried to brush off “happy endings” during sessions.

The most important looming determination, although, comes from the NFL. Watson nonetheless faces a doable suspension from the league for violating the NFL’s private conduct coverage even when he avoids going through any accusers in court docket. The NFLPA is reportedly bracing for a significant suspension from the league however reportedly plans to defend Watson by going after three NFL team owners who did not face a lot punishment for off-field transgressions.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a press release Tuesday that Watson’s settlement information “has no affect on the collectively bargained disciplinary course of.”

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