Deshawn Watson settled out of court. The 26-year-old continues to lead recent NFL headlines following his blockbuster deal from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns, followed by a historic new contract despite ongoing legal battles. However, as the calendar approaches July, Watson has decided to resolve the bulk of the lawsuits involving rampant sexual harassment allegations, settling 20 of the 24 currently pending cases, according to Houston attorney Tony Buzzby, who represents each of the 24 accusers. .
Thus, every case settled will be rejected, as Buzby noted in the following passage from his Official statement which was released on Tuesday.
“Today I announce that all but four of the cases against Deshawn Watson have been settled. We are working on documents related to these settlements. As soon as we do this, these specific cases will be terminated. The terms and amounts of settlement agreements are confidential. We will not comment on further settlements or these cases.”
Despite two separate grand juries finding that there is not enough evidence to try Watson on criminal charges, and news of the aforementioned agreements, Watson has not yet emerged from the legal woods. As mentioned, four cases against him are still pending, including first accuser Ashley Solis.
“Ashley Solis is one of the heroines of this story. Her case is unresolved, so her story and the story of three other brave women will continue,” Buzby said. “I look forward to hearing these cases in due course, in accordance with other commitments and the court’s schedule.”
Watson could also face a fine from the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell is still working to investigate any potential wrongdoing by the veteran quarterback, who could face a substantial suspension if Goodell’s intent to put up one year is reported. the ban is accurate. Watson is alleged to have solicited sex from several masseuses during the 17 months he was with the Texans, he reportedly used 66 masseuses during that time and new allegations/cases have been filed with the Browns since his move. .
With most of the ongoing cases this way, it is likely that the NFL will make a decision on this matter soon. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy released a statement saying, “Today’s developments do not affect the collectively agreed disciplinary process.”