Attorney: Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson reaches settlement with 20 women claiming sexual misconduct
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Deshaun Watson has reportedly reached a settlement with most of the massage therapists who filed civil lawsuits against the Cleveland Browns quarterback on accusations of sexual misconduct.
A statement from Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 24 alleged victims, said the civil filings from the 20 of the women who reached confidential settlements will be dismissed.
“Today I announce that all cases against Deshaun Watson, with the exception of four, have settled. We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements,” Buzbee said.
Buzbee also said one of the four cases not settled included Ashley Solis, one of the women that shared her experiences with the Browns QB on HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’, which aired May 24.
The Browns signed Watson to a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract during the offseason.
Watson denied any wrongdoing during his introductory press conference with the team after the blockbuster trade with the Houston Texans in March.
Watson also reiterated his innocence during the Browns minicamp on June 14:
“Like I said, I just want to clear my name and be able to let the facts and the legal procedures continue to play out. Right now, that is all I am doing is wanting to clear my name and be able to let all of the facts come out in the court of law and be able to focus on that.”
Watson is also not facing any criminal charges in connection to the allegations after two grand juries in Harris County, Tx. chose not to indict him.
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the developments have no impact on the league’s disciplinary process.
Watson also met with NFL officials in May amid the ongoing lawsuits to discuss whether he broke league policies.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also previously said the QB is ‘unlikely’ to be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list.
However, Watson could face a 1-year suspension from the league, as reported by Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
19 News reached out to Hardon and the Browns for comment.
This story is ongoing and will be updated as more details are released.
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