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In new months, NFL pundits have been feverishly speculating about possible landing places for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, with many pointing to Miami as a most likely location.
The 26-calendar year-old is a three-time Pro Bowler who must be in the primary of his profession. Even so, he was dominated out of each match in the 2021 season owing to “non-harm reasons/own matter”—or at the very least, which is what the Texans named it. The actuality is much more grim.
Around the earlier calendar year, 22 gals have submitted civil lawsuits in opposition to Watson proclaiming a assortment of sexual misconduct offenses. All of the alleged victims ended up masseuses who say Watson crossed lines all through their therapeutic massage treatment classes, from Watson allegedly rubbing his erect penis in opposition to them without having their consent to forcing them to conduct oral sex. A variety of the women say in their suits that they endured from PTSD next the incidents, together with crippling stress and anxiety, despair, and worry attacks. Watson, by means of his law firm Rusty Hardin, has denied the women’s allegations, saying that any “active sexual activity” that occurred throughout the massage classes was “mutually sought after by the other bash.”
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Inspite of the large variety of accusers, all of whom have shared strikingly identical stories, Watson has but to encounter any authorized repercussions or be suspended by the league. And The Every day Beast has learned that Watson has attempted to settle with a range of his accusers, offering them concerning 5- and 6-determine sums in trade for their silence.
The Day by day Beast has solely obtained a single of these settlement offers from Watson to an accuser—who reported she refused to sign, turning him down. The female has asked for anonymity. You can examine the settlement offer below:
In the settlement present, Watson “denies all this sort of statements and liability, which include the points alleged” by the accuser, and says the $100,000 payment is intended to “buy peace.”
If the accuser ended up to acknowledge, they would then agree to dismiss the pending civil match inside 24 hours and adhere to rigid confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses contained in the arrangement, which include that neither get together nor their brokers “will talk, write, or otherwise converse publicly or privately, which includes in any interviews, social media posts, blog posts, articles or blog posts or any other media or forum, on the phrases of this Arrangement, and the sum of the settlement” will not disclose the “Settlement Amount” and that any violation of the agreement’s phrases “will result in irreparable damage and that dollars damages will be insufficient to thoroughly compensate for these types of damages.”
The FBI and Houston police are currently investigating the sexual misconduct allegations made in opposition to Watson, and final month the police issued a collection of search warrants for Watson’s social media accounts.
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