Deshaun Watson’s attorney issued a lengthy statement Tuesday defending his client againstand assault that have been levied against him by 16 women in civil lawsuits over the past week. In the statement, Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said, “Any act is completely false.” “I want to emphasize at the outset that Deshaun and we recognize that are not only unlawful but morally wrong,” Hardin said in the statement. “It takes courage for women to come forward to report being mistreated, particularly when they attach their names to a lawsuit. We do not take these allegations lightly. However, fairness to the accused is equally as important.”
Hardin described the attorney representing the 16 women, Tony Buzbee, as having “orchestrated a circus-like atmosphere” using. He also said Buzbee has refused to confidentially disclose the women’s identities, preventing Hardin’s team from thoroughly investigating the claims. They have bindependently identifiedone of the women, according to Hardin, and have determined that she attempted to “blackmail” Watson in January. “In January of this , a woman attempted to blackmail Deshaun by demanding $30,000 in exchange for her ‘indefinite silence’ about what she stated was a consensual encounter,” Hardin said in the statement. “… This also calls into question the legitimacy of the other cases.”
In a news conference last week, Buzbeestep would be to submit information and evidence to Houston police and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office – the first steps toward potentially filing criminal charges. Buzbee did not reply to an email inquiry earlier Tuesday about whether that had occurred. Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office, said in a statement Monday that “it would be inappropriate for a District Attorney’s Office to comment anyway on a civil lawsuit, and we refrain from publicly discussing allegations in any matter until and if a is filed.” “We do this out of fairness to all,” Schiller continued.