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Houston Police Department investigating complaint against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson

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The Houston Police Department announced Friday that a police report has been filed against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

“As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process,” the department wrote in a statement on social media.

Asked Friday if the department could provide details of the nature of the complaint, a sergeant with Houston police said not at this time.

The nascent criminal investigation comes after 21 unnamed women filed civil lawsuits against Watson in recent weeks, each accusing him of sexual misconduct or assault during separate massage sessions dating back to March 2020. A 22nd woman came forward with similar allegations to Sports Illustrated but said she had not filed a lawsuit.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement Friday evening that his client welcomed the investigation, calling it a “long overdue development.”

“Now we will learn the identity of at least one accuser,” Hardin said. “We will fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department.”

The Houston Police Department announced that a police report has been filed against Deshaun Watson.

With the filing of a police report, Watson is now facing the prospect of a criminal charge in addition to possible compensatory damages in the 21 civil cases.

Experts have said some of the acts outlined in the various lawsuits could meet the criteria for indecent assault, a misdemeanor under Texas law. One of the allegations – that Watson forced a woman to perform oral sex – could possibly be classified as a felony, according to Meredith Duncan, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center.



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