Deshaun Watson’s Attorney Questions Sexual Misconduct Allegations Facing his Client Because of ‘Failed $30,000 Blackmail Attempt’ by One of the 16 Women Suing the Texans Quarterback

FILE PHOTO: Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

An attorney representing embattled Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson questioned the sexual misconduct allegations facing his client on Tuesday by saying that the lawsuits from 16 unidentified women were filed only after a failed $30,000 blackmail attempt by one of the plaintiffs.

Watson now faces 16 lawsuits after nine more women filed in Harris County (Texas) court this week to accuse the 25-year-old quarterback of civil assault, intentional infliction of emotional stress, or sexual assault.

Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, alleged in a statement that his legal team has ‘strong evidence’ an accusation made by a woman they believe filed one of the lawsuits is false.

As he explained in a recent Facebook post, attorney Tony Buzbee claims to have a copy of a non-disclosure agreement that Watson allegedly asked several of the plaintiffs to sign

In her lawsuit, the woman alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex during a massage in December and that she ‘blacked out for a few minutes from the fear’ of her encounter with Watson, which left her ‘terrified.’ She also claims she defecated after the incident because she was so shaken.

Hardin alleges that in January, the woman demanded $30,000 in exchange for her ‘indefinite silence’ for a consensual encounter she had with Watson.

Hardin provided a sworn affidavit from Bryan Burney, Watson’s marketing manager, who claims the woman told him that she needed to be paid for her silence.