The number of women accusing Deshaun Watson of sexual assault increased to 16 on Tuesday, with one calling the Texans quarterback a “serial predator.”
Her lawsuit, like several of the others, alleges Watson “assaulted and harassed plaintiff by exposing himself to her and touching her with his penis” during a massage.
The lawsuit, the 14th to emerge in the past week, was filed Monday night in Harris Country. The alleged incident was said to have taken place in California, making it only the second of the alleged incidents not to occur in the Houston area.
The woman, a traveling massage therapist, said she arrived at an address given to her by Watson, and led her to a room that he locked.
“I will not have you sign a NDA but don’t ever talk about this,” he allegedly told her after forcing her hands onto his private parts.
The other two latest suits against Watson follow a similar pattern, with the 15th accuser claiming the 25-year-old tried to touch her with his penis during an at-home massage. The massage therapist says he offered her a naked hug and told her, “Oh, c’mon. I saw your Instagram. I know what you’re working with.”
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin reiterated his client’s denials of the accusation on Monday. Hardin accused Tony Buzbee, who is representing the plaintiffs, of creating a “circus-like atmosphere” with the accusations.
“Anonymity is often necessary as a shield for victims but opposing counsel has used it as a sword to publicly humiliate Deshaun before the truth‑seeking process can even begin,” Hardin said.
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said in a statement released on Twitter on March 16.
Buzbee posted on Instagram on Saturday that he was planning to submit affidavits and evidence from several women to provide further proof, and ask that a grand jury consider whether to charge Watson with any crimes. Harris County district attorney spokesperson Dane Schiller said on Monday it would be “inappropriate” to comment at this time. The Texans and the NFL are monitoring the situation.