Deshaun Watson sued again; 23rd lawsuit alleges sexual misconduct

Another woman has filed a lawsuit against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, becoming the 23rd civil case to accuse him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in 2020.

It is the first lawsuit filed against him since the 22 others were filed in March and April of 2021 and potentially could complicate any plan for the NFL to resolve questions about Watson’s playing status before the season.

In this case, the lawsuit filed Tuesday states the woman had three encounters with Watson in which Watson’s behavior got progressively worse. During the third encounter in the summer of 2020, the lawsuit states Watson exposed himself to her, touched the woman between her legs and repeatedly requested that the woman have sex with him.

After first deciding not to file a lawsuit against Watson, the woman changed her mind after watching a segment about the lawsuits last week on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

“In that piece, plaintiff was struck by the courage of the victims willing to step forward and speak and was extremely displeased by Watson and his legal team’s mistreatment and revictimizations of the plaintiffs,” the new lawsuit states. “But it was Watson himself claiming that even now he has ‘no regrets’ and has done nothing wrong that solidified her resolve. She brings this case seeking minimum compensation, but to obtain a short finding that Watson’s conduct was wrong.”

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