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Twenty women settle lawsuits in Deshaun Watson case: lawyer

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has reached settlements with 20 women who sued the NFL superstar for sexual misconduct during massage sessions, a lawyer for the women said Tuesday.

Attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement that all but four of the 24 civil cases filed against Watson have been settled. Terms of the settlements were not disclosed.

“Today I am announcing that all but four cases against Deshaun Watson are resolved,” Buzbee said in a statement.

“We are working on the documents related to these settlements. Once we have done so, these particular cases will be rejected. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential.”

Buzbee said Ashley Solis — the first woman to file charges against Watson and speak publicly about the case — is one of four women who didn’t settle with the quarterback.

“Her case is unsettled and therefore her story and that of the other three brave women will continue. I look forward to trying these cases in a timely manner consistent with the other obligations of the docket and the court’s schedule,” he said. -he declares.

The women suing Watson accused the quarterback of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior during massages he paid for while playing with the Houston Texans.

Watson has strongly denied any wrongdoing, with his lawyer saying last month that “the little sexual activity” was consensual.

While Texas prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges over the allegations, Watson still faces penalties from the NFL as well as pending civil lawsuits against him.

The 26-year-old – one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL – has missed the entire 2021 season with the Texans following the allegations.

In March, Watson joined the Browns in a shock trade that will see him paid $230 million in guaranteed salary.