Less than 24 hours after a female massage therapist filed a lawsuit accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, a second woman has filed a lawsuit with similar claims.
The second lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, claims that Watson exposed himself to the unnamed woman – a masseuse who lives in Atlanta – during a massage session at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa on Aug. 28. Both women are represented by the same Houston-based attorney and former Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee.
Watson issued a statement on social media Tuesday night in response to the first lawsuit, claiming in part that Buzbee had made a “baseless six-figure settlement demand” prior to filing the court records. The 25-year-old quarterback also denied wrongdoing and said he looked forward to “clearing my name.”
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson wrote in the statement.
Online court records did not immediately list a lawyer for Watson, though local news outlets reported he is being represented by attorney Rusty Hardin. Hardin did not immediately reply to messages from USA TODAY Sports seeking comment.
Buzbee, the massage therapists’ attorney, wrote on Instagram that he plans to file two additional lawsuits against Watson. He declined further comment to USA TODAY Sports “until we have all the lawsuits filed.”
“We won’t try the case in the press, but the cases are publicly filed for all to see,” Buzbee wrote on Instagram.
The NFL and the Texans said earlier Wednesday they were aware of the civil litigation filed against Watson but declined comment.
The language in the second lawsuit filed against Watson generally mirrors that in the first, which was filed Tuesday night. Both massage therapists allege they first connected with Watson on Instagram and then met him for a massage session, where they claim he touched their hands with his penis. Both women are seeking “minimal compensatory damages.”
Watson, a three-time Pro Bowler, led the NFL in passing yards last year, but his future in Houston is uncertain. ESPN reported in January that he has requested a trade.
Contributing: Brent Schrotenboer