(Warning: This story contains allegations of sexual harassment.)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshawn Watson has settled all but four of the 24 women who filed civil lawsuits against him, attorney Tony Busby said.
“Today I announce that all but four of the cases against Deshawn Watson have been settled,” Buzby said in a statement. “We are working with documents related to these settlements. Once we do that, those specific cases will be rejected. Terms and amounts of mutual settlements are confidential. We will no longer comment on the settlement agreements or these cases.”
Buzby indicated in a statement that Ashley Solis, who was the first woman to publicly accuse Watson, is one of four women who disagreed with the Browns’ quarterback.
“… Ashley Solis is one of the heroines of this story. Her case is unresolved and thus her story and the story of three other brave women will continue. I look forward to hearing these cases in due course, in line with other cases .obligations”.
It signals a major milestone in history that began on March 16, 2021, when Watson was accused by a masseur of sexual harassment during sessions while he was still a member of the Houston Texans. Over the next year, 22 more women filed civil sexual harassment lawsuits against Watson. In the midst of all this, the Browns traded Watson and signed him to a first-of-its-kind five-year, $230 million contract that was fully guaranteed.
Watson has never faced criminal charges since two Texas grand juries refused to indict him earlier this year, and has maintained his innocence since the charges first surfaced.
What’s next for Watson
Settlements notwithstanding, this is not the end of the Watson saga.
There are still four civil lawsuits against Watson, and more may come after The New York Times reported that Watson has dated 66 massage therapists since 2017. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, also came under fire recently when he tried to brush it off. “happy endings” during sessions.
However, the biggest looming decision comes from the NFL. Watson continues to face suspension from the league for violating NFL policy on personal conduct, even if he avoids accusers in court. NFLPA reportedly preparing for a significant suspension out of the league, but reportedly plans to protect Watson by going after three NFL owners who have not been severely punished for off-field infractions.
NFL Representative Brian McCarthy said in a statement on Tuesday that news of the Watson settlement “does not affect the collectively concluded disciplinary process.”