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Second Deshaun Watson sexual assault accuser emerges

For the second straight day, a massage therapist has accused Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault, according to a civil suit filed Wednesday in Harris County, Texas.

The alleged incident was said to have occurred in August 2020 — five months after another massage therapist says she was similarly assaulted by the 25-year-old face of the Houston franchise.

Both complaints say that Watson assaulted the unidentified massage therapists by “touching” them with his penis and acting in an “aggressive” manner.

The first complaint said that “it became apparent that Watson wanted a massage for only one reason — sex.”

Watson denied the first allegation after it surfaced Tuesday, saying that he has “never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect” and that he looked forward to clearing his name. He also said he rejected a “baseless six-figure settlement demand” made before the first accuser came forward.

Watson has not publicly commented on the second allegation, which comes as he faces an uncertain future in Houston after requesting a trade earlier in the offseason due to reported issues with management.

Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing both women, said on social media he will be filing two more cases on behalf of women alleging misconduct by Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Deshaun Watson is facing his second sexual assault lawsuit in as many days.
Deshaun Watson is facing his second sexual assault lawsuit in as many days.
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“Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women,” read the complaint filed Wednesday.

The plaintiff in the second complaint, referred to as Jane Doe to protect her identity, said Watson reached out to her over Instagram and flew her from Atlanta to a hotel suite in Houston for the massage session on Aug. 28. She found it “somewhat peculiar” that a “NFL player would seek a massage from her, because she is not a yet a well-known masseuse.”

According to the complaint, Watson immediately got completely nude and refused to cover his penis when asked, citing that he “gets hot easily.”

Soon after, according to the complaint, Watson “kept aggressively redirecting Plaintiff towards his anus.”

The plaintiff ignored his request and worked on Watson’s inner thigh area, as previously discussed, leading Watson to become “more aggressive,” and move in a direction that caused “Plaintiff’s hand to touch Watson’s genitals,” according to the complaint.

The plaintiff then stopped the massage, according to the complaint, and later exited the hotel room while Watson was in the shower.

She said that Watson only paid her half of what she was owed, but that she was “so disturbed by the incident that she did not seek the other half of payment.”

Both accusers are seeking “minimal compensatory damages” from Watson, who last fall signed a four-year contract worth up to $156 million ($73 million guaranteed).


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