The rollercoaster ride that Deshaun Watson’s life has turned into took more twists on Monday as three more civil lawsuits were filed.
As the day rolled along more and more information surrounding Watson’s case came out, including a massage therapist that is not a part of any of the civil lawsuits to this point that claims he treated her with what she called inappropriate behavior during a session in 2019.
In a report by Sports Illustrated, an anonymous massage therapist referred to as “Mary” is claiming that Watson acted inappropriately during a two and a half hour session. She also stated that she was telling her story only to help keep this from happening to others in her profession and said all she could think about was how him being traded could affect others in other cities.
“The one thing I keep thinking about is, he’s about to get traded to another place,” Mary told SI. “What if he goes to Atlanta or California or anywhere else? He would have a whole new community of massage therapists to target.”
Mary did state that Watson never touched her or forced her into any sexual acts but that he acted inappropriately during the session.
Mary is a licensed massage therapist who owns her own business in Houston and SI agreed to her request for anonymity in an attempt to protect her privacy and her business.
“When Mary books clients, she requires them to fill out an intake form, which stipulates that draping will be used during the session so that only the area being worked on will not be covered. (The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted in February 2020 a requirement that genitals and the gluteal cleavage must be draped during massages; most licensed therapists already required this in their practice.) Since Watson’s appointment was set up through a third party, Mary’s understanding was that the other therapist would handle the paperwork, though she can’t say for certain whether Watson received or reviewed those rules. She used the oversize towel to drape him until about 45 minutes into the session, when she says he tossed the towel onto the floor, saying it was too itchy. Watson was lying face up on the table, naked and totally uncovered, something Mary says has never happened during any of her other massage appointments.”
“After 90 minutes, Watson asked to extend the session for another hour. She continued to work only on his quads, inner thighs and abdomen—the specific areas he requested. Watson developed an erection, she says, and also began clenching and slowly “thrusting the air.” Mary at first wondered whether his movements were a pain response to her deep-tissue work, so she asked whether he was O.K. She says he replied that he was fine and stopped thrusting for a short time.”
“Mary learned during her massage training that erections can develop as a relaxation response. She recalls situations in the past when that’s happened to a client while they dozed off; they usually become embarrassed when they realize it and start talking about something random to divert their thoughts. If that doesn’t work, she’ll sometimes switch to a more painful massage technique. But Watson’s behavior indicated to her that “his intentions were different.” She adds, “There was one point that he did tell me that I could move [his penis] if I needed to, and I just completely ignored him.” She took this as a suggestion to touch his exposed penis.”
“Watson stayed on his back for the entire session. While massaging his abdomen, Mary says she noticed “different fluids on his stomach.” She remembers questioning whether it was really pre-ejaculate, telling herself, This can’t be what I think it is. In the final five to 10 minutes of the session, Mary says Watson began thrusting his pelvis in the air again, this time much faster. “At that point, I recognized it for what it was,” Mary says. She says she told him he needed to “calm down.” He stopped, the session ended and she left the room to let him get dressed. When she returned, he gave her a hug. Because of his request to use the back entrance, she then had to walk him out of the building.“Excerpts from “Mary’s” claim according to SI
Then according to another report from Sports Illustrated on Monday, three more civil suits were filed. These three lawsuits claim Watson sexually assaulted the women during massage sessions by “purposely” touching them with his penis. One of the three also accuses him of contacting the accuser and later deleting messages the two shared on Instagram.
It also accuses him of contacting some of the women who formally provided him massages, “in an attempt to settle” before heading to court.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, gave the following statement in response to these latest allegations on Monday.
“Like a lot of people, Deshaun regularly deletes past Instagram messages,” Hardin told stated. “That said, he has not deleted any messages since March 15th, the day before the first lawsuit was filed. We categorically deny that he has reached out directly to his accusers in an attempt to settle these cases.”