Six more women came forward to accuse Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in the past year, according to lawsuits filed Monday.
The plaintiffs all said Watson exposed himself and either hinted at or specifically asked for sexual services during sessions, according to the women, who are represented by Houston lawyer Anthony Buzbee.
In the latest civil complaints, filed in Harris County District Court, five women said they were victimized once by Watson on Jan. 21 and March 5 of this year and around July and on Aug. 2 and April 19 of last year.
One of the women said Watson behaved inappropriately toward her twice, during sessions in June and then again on Aug. 17, her lawsuit said.
“Watson is in the sex trade. He needs to be stopped,” according to the lawsuit alleging an incident on Aug. 2.
One woman alleged that in July, Watson contacted her about massage work even though her specialty was in “teeth whitening and a sauna detox,” according to the lawsuit.
She nonetheless agreed to a massage for Watson, who ejaculated on her, the civil complaint claims.
The woman “felt violated, disgusted and ashamed” and “immediately called her friend after the massage to tell her what happened because she was in shock,” Buzbee wrote.
Watson also reached out to an aesthetician for a massage session on April 19, even though she wasn’t trained for that work, the plaintiff claimed.
The suit alleged that Watson touched her hand with his penis and “shortly after this Watson ejaculated,” leaving the woman “confused and mortified.”
“Plaintiff brings this case … to prevent Deshaun Watson and those like him from engaging in further conduct with other future victims,” according to the April 19 accuser’s civil complaint.
The plaintiff who alleged that she saw Watson twice said that the first session was arranged by her manager and that at their initial meeting, Watson “groped her buttocks and vagina and then pushed her buttocks into his face.”
She ended up seeing Watson again, on Aug. 17, when he booked a massage for himself directly through her, and she recognized him to be “the same man who had harassed her earlier that year” only when he arrived at her spa, the lawsuit claimed.
During that second encounter, Watson “asked her to perform oral sex and to pretend that he was a woman,” according to the plaintiff, who is a lesbian.
Thirteen women have accused Watson of scheduling massage sessions in which he exposed himself and sought sexual services.
All six of Monday’s lawsuits include language saying “Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing pattern.”
Watson, who led the NFL in passing yards last season, has denied any wrongdoing. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement last week that he was “extremely proud” to represent Watson and that he stands behind him “against what we believe are meritless allegations.”
Hardin said he could not comment further until the allegations are reviewed.
“We will respond next week and ask you to keep an open mind until we do so,” Hardin said.
After the first lawsuit was filed, Watson said in a statement Tuesday that he was being wrongly targeted by a “publicity-seeking” lawyer.
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” he said. “The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me — it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.”
UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group that has been critical of the NFL’s handling of domestic abuse issues for years, called for the league to take action against Watson on Monday.
“The NFL’s failure to take the mounting sexual abuse lawsuits against Deshaun Watson more seriously is an infuriating sign of the league’s cavalier attitude toward violence against women,” UltraViolet campaign director Elisa Batista said in a statement. “Despite the severity of these allegations and the pattern that Watson targeted women massage therapists specifically, the NFL has taken zero action, insisting that the matter is simply ‘under review.'”
The group has long accused NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of inaction in the face of misconduct allegations, and it again called for his resignation.
“For years, Gooddell has turned a blind eye to violence and sexual abuse committed by players,” Batista said. “Watson should have been suspended immediately last week after the initial allegations of abuse emerged. Instead, Goodell is standing by and doing nothing as Watson’s lawyers embark on a vicious smear campaign against the women who are bravely coming forward.”
A representative for the NFL and Goodell could not be immediately reached for comment Monday.