20 of the 24 lawsuits against Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson have settled, lawyer says

Deshaun Watson has reached confidential settlements in 20 of the 24 lawsuits filed against him.

The announcement came Tuesday from Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs.

“We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements,” Buzbee said in a statement, per ESPN. “Once we have done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential.

“We won’t comment further on the settlements or those cases.”

Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by 24 women working as massage therapists while he was the quarterback of the Houston Texans. The women said the NFL star sexually assaulted and harassed them during private massage sessions.

Despite the allegations against him, the Cleveland Browns signed Watson to a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract in March after acquiring the three-time Pro Bowler in a trade with the Texans.

He has denied the allegations.

“I never assaulted anyone,” Watson said following practice during mandatory minicamp with the Browns last week. “I never harassed anyone or I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything.”

Watson, who was not incited on criminal complaints by a pair of grand juries in Texas, could still to be punished by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The league’s investigation is ongoing and a decision is expected before training camp, the AP reported last week.

“Today’s development has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process,” Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s communications boss, said in a statement to the Daily News.

Ashley Solis, the first woman who publicly identified herself as a plaintiff in the case, is not one of the 20 women to reach a settlement, Buzbee said.

“Her case has not settled and thus her story and that of the other three brave women will continue,” Buzbee said, calling Solis a “hero,” via ESPN. “I …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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