The saga of Cleveland Brown quarterback DeShaun Watson, accused by dozens of girls of sexual misconduct, has entered one other chapter.
In line with USA In the present day, Watson has reached a confidential settlement with 20 of the 24 ladies who’ve filed a lawsuit in opposition to him, accusing the NFL participant of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage classes between 2020 and early 2021.
Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing the 24 ladies within the lawsuit in opposition to the Cleveland Browns participant, made a press release asserting the settlements for the ladies who’ve determined to finish litigation in opposition to Watson.
“In the present day I announce that each one instances in opposition to Deshaun Watson, apart from 4, have settled. We’re working via the paperwork associated to these settlements. As soon as we’ve got executed so, these specific instances will probably be dismissed. The phrases and quantities of the settlements are confidential. We gained’t remark additional on the settlements or these instances.”
Buzbee additionally said that Ashley Solis, the primary girl to file a lawsuit in opposition to Watson, has not settled her case.
“Her case has not settled, and thus, her story and that of the opposite three courageous ladies will proceed,” Buzbee stated. “I look ahead to attempting these instances in the end, in keeping with different docket obligations and the courtroom’s schedule.”
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NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy stated in a written assertion on Tuesday that “at present’s growth has no influence on the collectively bargained disciplinary course of.”
Because of the many accusations in opposition to Watson, he’s nonetheless going through potential self-discipline from the NFL. The league has said it’s independently investigating whether or not he violated its personal-conduct coverage. Watson met with league investigators final month, and the NFL has not offered a timeline for a ruling on any potential self-discipline that Watson could face.
Watson missed the 2021-2022 NFL season because of allegations of sexual misconduct from 22 ladies. Almost two weeks after a grand jury refused to indict him, a second grand jury declined to indict the newly signed Cleveland Browns participant.
Earlier this 12 months, in March, Watson agreed to waive his no-trade clause with the Houston Texans to obtain a five-year, totally assured $230 million contract from the Cleveland Browns, a transfer that was extensively criticized by followers and media.