24th woman files lawsuit against Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Another lawsuit has been filed against Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson after a 24th woman accused him of sexual misconduct on June 6.
The new lawsuit against Watson comes less than a week after a 23rd woman filed against the QB, which became official on May 31.
The lawsuit also comes days after Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, defended the QB on a Houston radio show on June 3.
Hardin declined to fully comment on the 24th lawsuit, but reiterated Watson’s innocence.
“Our legal team has not had time to investigate this new filing and had not heard [the 24th victim’s] name until today,” he said. “Deshaun continues to deny he did anything inappropriate with any of the plaintiffs.”
Watson, acquired by the Browns in March in a trade with the Houston Texans, openly denied the allegations in his introductory press conference with the team in Berea.
Two Texas grand juries chose not to indict the QB on the alleged misconduct.
Watson also met with NFL officials in Houston on May 16 amid the ongoing investigations into the QB’s conduct.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during a press conference on May 24 that the league was “nearing the end” of its investigation into Watson’s conduct, originally reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Watson was in Berea for OTA’s, but was not made available to the media.
This story is ongoing and will be updated as more details are released.
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