EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Tony Buzbee hints at another possible civil lawsuit against Deshaun Watson: ‘We’re at the tip of the iceberg.’


Following a New York Times article alleging Deshaun Watson met at least sixty-six women for massages and following the filing of a 24th civil lawsuit accusing Watson of sexual misconduct, plaintiffs’ attorney suggests other lawsuits may be pending. against the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

“The next cases that could be filed are people his people have met and tried to bully into not filing the case, so we’ll see what happens,” the Houston-based lawyer said. , Tony Buzbee, speaking to League of Justice. “There were women that Rusty Hardin’s team met and took them to fancy dinner parties, and tried to stop them from pressing charges.” Hardin’s team denied this.

Buzbee said he would not suggest that Watson or Hardin tried to pay off the women, only that they tried to talk them out of suing Watson. Buzbee claims that at least one of these women has already filed a lawsuit and indicated that at least one more may file suit, which would bring the number of civil lawsuits against Watson to twenty-five.

Buzbee says his office received numerous calls following a special on HBO’s Real Sports where two women who accused Watson of sexual misconduct came forward with their stories. The special also included representatives from Watson’s legal team answering questions.

“A lot of people have reached out,” Buzbee said, indicating that more cases may be on the horizon. He continued, “I have to sift through those, based on my ethical obligation that I think I can pursue and those that I can’t.”

Buzbee says people contacted alleged victims, others who were alleged witnesses, and others with information to share. Buzbee said he also recently received files from Houston police, which will eventually be released and provide more information and context. He says those records include interviews with people from the Texans.

The New York Times article alleges that the Texans, knowingly or unknowingly, may have aided Watson’s behavior by providing him with a membership to the Houstonian Hotel, where many of the massages in question allegedly took place. Journalist Jenny Vrentas also alleges that a Texans employee provided Watson with a nondisclosure agreement.

“We are currently at the tip of the iceberg with this situation,” Buzbee said. “Not only people trying to protect their assets, [but] people who try to belittle and denigrate women. A lot of things are going to come out as we move forward.

Buzbee said the New York Times article alleged that Watson booked sixty-six massages over a period of seventeen months, but says he thinks, “there are clearly many more”, stating in legal documents that reservation attempts exceeded one hundred massages during Watson’s time. with the Texans, according to discovery documents reviewed by plaintiffs’ attorney.

Watson’s own lawyer, Rusty Hardin, acknowledged that Watson participated in dozens of massages, which he said was typical given the nature of Watson’s job as a football player.

Buzbee says, in her opinion, Watson was the “victim of incredibly bad advice” from her attorneys.

“The dumbest advice they ever gave was to convince Deshaun Watson against his interests to fight this,” he said. “The longer it lasts, the more information I will collect because I don’t stop. I am a [former] Special Forces Navy. I don’t stop. Being criticized by people here and there isn’t going to slow me down and by the time we finally try this first case, no matter when, the mountain of evidence will be so overwhelming.

When asked if he was contacted again to settle, Buzbee said only a mediator reached out and not Watson’s direct team.

“If you have an offer, make it,” Buzbee said. “But if you want to have a conversation, go talk to the wall…I’m not interested in having a conversation with you fools.”

Buzbee, clearly furious at the accusations leveled against him by Watson’s legal team on HBO’s Real Sports, said he was verbally attacked by them and claimed Hardin and his team “couldn’t carry [his] brief case.

Hardin’s team deduced that Buzbee, as the sole representative of the twenty-four women suing Watson, had helped recruit the women. According to Buzbee, many cases have been referred to him by other lawyers.

Buzbee, who claims to have been repeatedly disrespected by Watson’s team, cited three big “mistakes” they made throughout the process.

He says that even before the cases were filed, he was disrespected by a Los Angeles-based attorney who allegedly represented Watson and failed to take his clients’ complaints seriously.

“This person on behalf of his client basically said F*** off to me. He had no idea what he was saying or who he was saying it to,” Buzbee said. “The biggest mistake in the sport in the last five years, I promise you.”

Buzbee said the second mistake was made by Watson’s team after they filed some early cases and had a short chat with Rusty Hardin.

“I said, ‘Dude, from what I know, your client has a problem.

Describing Hardin as “initially receptive” to the elaboration and installation, Buzbee claims that Hardin never even bothered to call him back.

Buzbee said mistake number three was that Watson’s team went on HBO Real Sports and “attacked” him.

The Houston-based attorney, who frequently describes his humble upbringing and advertises his billions successful verdicts, says the civil field is his specialty. He often portrays Watson’s accusers as heroes who have the courage to stand up to a powerful celebrity and athlete despite the disadvantages of doing so. Watson’s team, on the other hand, have accused at least one woman of attempted extortion and say Watson’s only “refuge” is in a courtroom where her accusers can be cross-examined. Watson’s team faults the media and the NFL for failing to take the accusers to task and investigating their backgrounds and allegations more thoroughly, citing alleged contradictions in their statements and actions, which they say , will be proven in court. Buzbee is not concerned.

“I’m going to win and I’m going to win big,” Buzbee said. “I will win every one of them [cases].”

Deshaun Watson’s team did not specifically comment on all of the allegations that appeared in the New York Times article, including allegations that Hardin and his team communicated with the assistant district attorney, both in person and via text and emails.

However, they said in a statement to The Times: “We can say that when the true facts become known, this issue will appear in a different light.”

Hardin recently made national news when he appeared to indicate in a radio interview on Audacy’s Payne & Pendergast show on Sports Radio 610 that “happy endings” aren’t illegal unless someone don’t pay extra for them. This confused many, as “happy endings” are generally understood to take place in the context of paid massage, making them illegal in most states.

Hardin also claimed the Miami Dolphins were willing to take a chance on Watson before the November trade deadline if he settled all twenty-two cases with nondisclosure agreements. However, during the final hour of settlement talks, two women decided not to settle, and Hardin dropped all settlements because Dolphins owner Stephen Ross allegedly wouldn’t pursue the trade. Hardin claimed that Watson really wanted to go play for Miami. The whole story about it HERE.

Watson’s legal team and Watson himself continue to vehemently deny all allegations against the quarterback and two grand juries have declined to recommend criminal charges despite ten police reports being filed and investigated.

Watson is under a $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns. The NFL has yet to release a statement on whether or not Watson will face disciplinary action, but reports from Watson’s attorney say the investigation is over, after four intense days of NFL investigators questioning Watson. Buzbee said the NFL has yet to contact him to interview the two women who recently filed civil lawsuits 23 and 24 and he doesn’t believe that will be the case.

The twenty-four civil cases that accuse Watson of various forms of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct could take years to reach trial, especially if the cases are all tried individually.

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