“My name is Ashley Solis. Remember that name.”
That was the first woman to file suit against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson speaking publicly for the first time on Tuesday.
With attorney Tony Buzbee by her side, Solis said she was coming forward in an effort to take back control.
“I’m not afraid anymore. I’m here to take back the power, take back control,” Solis said. “I’m a survivor of assault and harassment. Deshaun Watson is my assaulter and my harasser.”
“I replay the incident over and over in my head as if I’m trying to wake up for some horrible nightmare… only that nightmare is real.”
“I hope (Watson) knows how much pain he’s inflicted on me physically and emotionally. We were all deceived into thinking Deshaun Watson was a good guy. I will not let Deshaun Watson define who I am. I will not let him win. He needs to be held accountable for his actions.”
In one of the oddest sports stories in recent memory, there have been 22 civil suits filed against Watson accusing the quarterback of various degrees of sexual misconduct. There has also been one criminal complaint filed. All were filed by massage therapists.
Buzbee said on Tuesday that Solis has also spoken to police.
Watson has denied any wrongdoing and last week his attorney, Rusty Hardin, released statements from 18 different massage therapists claiming to have had normal interactions with the former Clemson quarterback during sessions he booked with them.
On Monday the Texans sent out a letter to all season ticket holders addressing the situation.
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