Houston, TX – Three different massage therapists filed civil lawsuits this week against National Football League (NFL) star quarterback Deshaun Watson, accusing the football player of sexually assaulting them when he was on their massage tables.
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee filed all three lawsuits and said there were going to be a total of nine cases against Watson, according to ESPN.
“Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women,” one of the lawsuits alleged.
The lawsuits claim there were three separate incidents that happened to female massage therapists who had been engaged by Watson, according to ESPN.
One of the women claimed in her lawsuit that Watson forced her to perform oral sex on him against her will in December of 2020.
A second massage therapist claimed in her lawsuit that Watson reached out to her over Instagram to schedule a private session and agreed to fly her out to Houston to give him a massage, TMZ reported.
She said she went to Watson’s suite at The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa on Aug. 28, 2020, but as soon as she arrived, the quarterback “immediately got completely nude and got on the massage table with his penis completely exposed,” according to the lawsuit.
The massage therapist said in her complaint that she was very uncomfortable with the situation and “firmly told Watson that he needed to use a towel to cover himself,” TMZ reported.
But in her lawsuit, she claimed Watson refused and said he “gets hot easily.”
She said in her complaint that she continued the massage but Watson got aggressive and kept directing her to his anus and genitals, TMZ reported.
The woman also claimed he moved toward her in a manner that cause her to inadvertently touch his genitals.
She said in her lawsuit that she stopped the massage and tried to leave but Watson grabbed her and rubbed her arm telling her “it is okay, it is okay,” TMZ reported.
The woman said Watson paid her half of what she was owed and she left.
She said the star quarterback reached out to her via text some months later and said he was in Atlanta and wanted to schedule a session with her but she ignored him, TMZ reported.
One of the massage therapists who has sued Watson said the football player set up an appointment with her at her home on March 30, 2020.
She said in her lawsuit that when Watson arrived for his appointment, he made it clear he was after a sexual encounter, TMZ reported.
The woman, identified as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit, said that Watson stripped naked on the massage table and only used a small towel he had brought with him to cover his groin.
Watson continually directed her to his genitals and said he wanted her to focus the massage on his groin area, according to the lawsuit.
Doe claimed in her lawsuit that he then exposed his fully-erect penis and touched her hand with the tip on purpose, according to TMZ.
She said in her lawsuit that she was shocked and mortified and ended the massage and began to cry.
That’s when the lawsuit claimed that Watson threatened her, TMZ reported.
“I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate for someone to mess with yours, just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine,” the woman has alleged Watson said.
The lawsuit said that Watson later apologized to the woman via text message but she didn’t respond, TMZ reported.
Watson, the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans, played in the NFL Pro Bowl in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
He denied the allegations on Twitter on Tuesday night and called the first lawsuit “a baseless six-figure settlement demand,” according to ESPN.
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said.
Watson has made $40.8 million in salary during his four-year NFL career, ESPN reported.
He played college football at Clemson and was a first-round draft pick in 2017.