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Yesterday, the attorney representing the women who filed sexual misconduct lawsuits against Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Deshaun Watson announced that Watson had reached settlements with 20 of the 24 women.
Tony Buzbee, lawyer for the plaintiffs, said that the amounts and terms of the settlements were confidential but that once those specific cases were finalized, they would be dismissed.
“We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements,” Buzbee said in a statement. “Once we have done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We won’t comment further on the settlements or those cases.”
The first allegation against Watson was made in March 2021 by Ashley Solis. That was followed by a wave of other lawsuits by other women against Watson.
Solis, it should be noted, is one of the 20 women who did not settle.
At the time, he was with the Houston Texans but missed the 2021 season due to the allegations and resulting lawsuits.
Almost a year later, Watson was shipped to the Browns in a blockbuster trade that shocked the NFL community, particularly because the Browns were reportedly out of the running for the star QB.
The offer was one the Texans couldn’t refuse and one the Browns were thirsting to make after a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, declined to indict him on criminal charges.
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