Legal professional Tony Buzbee filed the lawsuit towards the Texans on behalf of his shopper Toi Garner, a former therapeutic massage therapist scholar, who alleges that in a therapeutic massage session, Watson “assaulted and harassed Plaintiff by aggressively exposing his bare physique to her, purposely touching her along with his penis, and in the end ejaculating onto her,” in accordance with the lawsuit.
The Texans knew or ought to have identified about Watson’s conduct and may have investigated and addressed the conduct, the lawsuit alleges, however as an alternative supplied him with a non-disclosure settlement “to guard himself.”
“We consider the Texans knew or most actually ought to have identified of Watson’s conduct. Past that, we consider the submitting speaks for itself,” Buzbee informed CNN, saying there would probably be extra lawsuits.
The Houston Texans stated in a press release to CNN, “We’re conscious of the lawsuit filed towards us right this moment. Since March 2021, we’ve got totally supported and complied with legislation enforcement and the assorted investigations. We are going to proceed to take the required steps to handle the allegations towards our group.”
In a information convention earlier this month, Watson stated he’s harmless of all accusations. CNN has reached out to his legal professional for touch upon this newest lawsuit towards the Texans.
League investigation nonetheless pending
The quarterback’s listening to with an impartial disciplinary officer, Sue Robinson, is ready for Tuesday, in accordance with a number of reviews. Robinson was collectively appointed by each the NFL and the Nationwide Soccer League Gamers Affiliation (NFLPA) per their collective bargaining settlement to listen to the case.
As soon as Robinson guidelines on whether or not Watson violated the league’s private conduct coverage, both occasion can enchantment to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and he or his designee “will difficulty a written choice that can represent full, last and full disposition of the dispute and shall be binding upon the participant,” in accordance with the CBA.
When requested concerning the listening to, the NFL informed CNN it had no remark and the NFLPA stated it was “unable to share particulars as their workforce is sure by confidentiality.”
Watson’s legal professional, Rusty Hardin, declined to remark. The Browns had not responded to CNN’s request for remark.