Accusing The Accusers: Deshaun Watson’s Attorney Says He Knows Why 16 Women Filed Claims Against The QB
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The lawyer for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson says that he believes that “any allegation that Watson forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.” Watson is currently facing 16 separate lawsuits filed in Harris County, Texas, and the 16 women are all represented by the same lawyer Tony Buzbee. The claims in the latest suits, two of which were filed Tuesday, are similar to the earlier cases.
The women accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his genitals or kissing them against their will while he got a massage. Watson’s attorney claims the women are trying to extort his client.
There’s also shocking new data about sexual harassment from a group called United Nations Women. Their study finds that 97 percent of women ages 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces. And more than 70 percent of women of all ages have endured the behavior. But, only four percent of women reported the incidents to officials. 45 percent of women didn’t believe reporting it would change anything.
Edge producer Brandon Refour asked a clinical psychotherapist about the idea of keeping sexual harassment a secret, and how that impacts a victim. Jenn Tomko explains, “What we know is trauma and shame live in secrecy. So if you’re finding yourself keeping secrets that are a pretty big deal, then it really does start to fester. And eventually, it either starts to have a somatic issue, like physical health deteriorates, or we end up just having to share it at some time.” Tomko says sharing the sexual harassment with a close friend, health care professional, or anyone is helpful to the healing process.
This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson