Not only is Deshaun Watson facing 22 separate civil lawsuits, but the Texans quarterback has also been hit with several criminal complaints. On April 2, the Houston Police Department announced the first criminal complaint filed against Watson since the first lawsuit was filed in mid-March. Another criminal complaint was brought forward as the woman who filed the first lawsuit against Watson provided a statement to police, according to Houston attorney Tony Buzbee on April 6.

“A complainant filed a report with the Houston Police Department concerning Deshaun Watson,” the HPD said in a statement on April 2. “As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process.”

Houston police haven’t revealed any details about the first criminal complaint, so it’s unknown if it’s related to any of the lawsuits that have been filed by Buzbee. The Texas lawyer filed the lawsuits in court on behalf of multiple women who are all claiming that Watson committed at least one act of sexual misconduct or assault against them. The suits are all similar in nature: In each case, Watson is accused of acting inappropriately after hiring a female to give him a private massage. 

One of the lawsuits refers to Watson as a “serial predator” and includes allegations that he sexually assaulted a massage therapist in California. Most of the massage therapists were hired through Instagram, and in one lawsuit, Watson is accused of trying to delete (or unsend) the Instagram messages he used to initially contact the woman. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, has denied that charge. 

Hardin responded to the rest of the allegations on March 23. In a statement provided to, the attorney wrote that “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.”

Watson’s lawyer also responded to the criminal complaint on April 2. 

“We welcome this long overdue development,” Hardin said in a statement. “Now we will learn the identity of at least one accuser. We will fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department.”

From a football standpoint, the NFL opened an investigation against the Texans quarterback on March 18 to see if he violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and that investigation is ongoing. 

At a press conference on April 6, two women came forward about their allegations against Watson. Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley both identified themselves as plaintiffs in civil suits against Watson. 

“[Deshuan Watson] needs to be held accountable for his actions,” Solis said. “I come forward now so that Deshaun Watson doesn’t assault another women.”

Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey — a lawyer who works for Buzbee’s firm — read a letter written by Baxley at the conference.

“I initially came forward to offer solidarity to other women, but I have since realized that I’m deserving of justice as well,” Baxley wrote. “I hope the court of law brings that justice, and that you’re stripped of both your power and ability to hurt more women.”

Here are the latest details on the allegations (Warning, there are some graphic details): 

Lawsuit one

The allegations in the first lawsuit took place on March 30, 2020 at the home of the woman who was hired to give him a massage. In this lawsuit, which you can read here, the central allegation is that “Watson assaulted the Plaintiff by touching her with his penis.” According to the lawsuit, Watson allegedly reached out to the massage therapist on Instagram and asked if she would be willing to give him a massage. Before the two agreed on anything, Watson allegedly asked the woman if the “focus” of the massage could be “on his groin area.”

The woman claims that about 25 minutes into the session it became clear that “Watson wanted a massage for only one reason — sex.” 

Eventually, the woman started crying and before she was able to get Watson to leave, he allegedly said, “I know you have a career and reputation, and I know you would hate for someone to mess with yours, just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.” 

The woman took that as a threat that Watson might try to ruin her career if she said anything. 

During a press conference on April 6, the woman who filed the first lawsuit identified herself as Ashley Solis. Solis is the first of the 22 women to publicly come forward. 

“[Deshuan Watson] needs to be held accountable for his actions,” Solis said. “I come forward now so that Deshaun Watson doesn’t assault another women.”

One reason Solis is coming forward now is because she’s hoping it will give other women the courage to do the same thing. 

“I hope my story gives them courage to speak out,” Solis said. “It has taken me a long time to speak my truth. I was afraid. I’m not afraid anymore. I’m here to take back the power and take back control. I’m a survivor of assault and harassment.”

An emotional Solis also described how her life has changed since he run-in with Watson. 

“I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and depression,” Solis said. “I hope he knows how much pain he’s inflicted on me emotionally and physically… My father, who was once a die-hard Texans fan can no longer mention [Watson’s] name without his face turning red.”

Buzbee added that Solis has provided a statement to police and that the number of criminal complaints is now at two. 

Lawsuit two

The second lawsuit involves an incident that allegedly took place on Aug. 28, 2020. Like the first lawsuit, Watson is accused of reaching out to a massage therapist on Instagram. In this lawsuit, Watson is accused of exposing himself and inappropriately touching the woman. In this case, the woman was from Atlanta and Watson allegedly flew her to Houston where she was supposed to give him a massage at a local hotel. 

Before the day of the appointment, Watson allegedly asked the woman if she would be willing to work on his “glutes” and “groin” area. According to the woman, Watson got completely nude prior to the massage. After that happened, the woman pointed out that he should be wearing at least a towel, but Watson allegedly refused to put one on. Once the woman realized Watson wanted more than a massage, she left the hotel room. 

According to the lawsuit, Watson’s behavior is viewed as “part of a disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women.”

Lawsuit three 

The third lawsuit involves a situation that allegedly took place on Dec. 28, 2020. Once again, Watson is accused of setting up a massage appointment by using the messaging function on Instagram to contact a relatively unknown massage therapist. In this case, the quarterback allegedly set up an appointment that was to he held at a Houston-area office building. 

According to this lawsuit, Watson actually forced the woman “to perform oral sex on him.” According to, the woman wrote in the lawsuit that she felt “intimidated and threatened” and that “she was afraid of what someone like Watson could do if she did not submit to his demands.”

Subsequent lawsuits

After the first three lawsuits came out, Buzbee said there would be more and he wasn’t exaggerating. The Texas lawyer filed four more lawsuits on March 19. In the fourth lawsuit that was filed, Watson is accused of sexually assaulting one woman two times. The first incident allegedly occurred in September 2020 and the second assault allegedly took place in October 2020. 

Watson was also hit with seven more lawsuits on March 22, bringing the total to 14. According to one of the lawsuits that was filed Monday and obtained by ESPN, Watson is accused of sexually assaulting a female massage therapist just weeks ago by “touching her with his penis and exposing himself.”

The 13th lawsuit, which was filed Monday afternoon, alleges Watson harassed and inappropriately touched a professional esthetician while she was performing a massage in April 2020. There were also two more lawsuits filed on March 23, which brought the total to 16. 

The quarterback was then hit with three more lawsuits on March 29, which means the total is now at 19. In one of the three filings from March 29, one plaintiff said she knew the quarterback through mutual friends, which makes this the first lawsuit to where a plaintiff admitted she knew who Watson was before accepting a job to give him a massage. In another lawsuit from March 29, Buzbee is now alleging that Watson has been deleting Instagram messages, according to the Houston Chronicle. In that same lawsuit, Watson has been accused of reaching out to some of the women “in an attempt to settle.” 

Watson’s lawyer has denied that the quarterback has been trying to settle any of the cases.  

The quarterback was also hit with to two more lawsuits on March 31. One of the cases was filed by a massage therapist in Arizona, which means Watson is now facing accusations in a total of four states (Texas, Arizona, California and Georgia). Overall, Watson has been hit with a total of 22 lawsuits with the most recent suit being filed on April 5

Watson’s response

After Buzbee publicly announced that the first lawsuit would be filed on March 17, Watson immediately issued a statement on Twitter where he denied all the allegations against him. 

“As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me,” Watson wrote. “I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect. 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.”

Watson released that statement on March 16 after the first lawsuit came out, but hasn’t commented on the situation since then. Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, followed up the…

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