Criminal Justice

10 Women Have Filed Criminal Complaints Against Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Two of the women have not filed a civil lawsuit, bringing the total number of accusations to 24.

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson speaks during a news conference following an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., in this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, file photo.

Ten women have now filed criminal complaints with the Houston Police Department against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, his attorney Rusty Hardin confirmed Monday.

Hardin, who is representing the NFL star, told Houston Public Media that eight of the women who filed a complaint are among the 22 who filed civil lawsuits against Watson earlier this year.

Those lawsuits accuse Watson of sexual assault and sexual misconduct during numerous massage sessions over the course of a year. Watson and his attorney have denied the allegations.

Hardin said the last two women to file criminal complaints did not file civil lawsuits against Watson — bringing the total number of accusations to 24.

The first civil lawsuit was filed in March and was quickly followed by 22 more by mid-April. After one woman dropped her case, 22 others publicly identified themselves in amended court documents.

Houston attorney Tony Buzbee is representing the 22 women, and confirmed Monday that almost half of his clients have “given sworn statements to the police, and almost half have spoken to the NFL's investigative team.”

“Both processes are very lengthy,” Buzbee wrote in a statement. “We expect to provide further information to the NFL from all victims.”

Buzbee added that his team is currently in the process of obtaining electronic information and payment records from Watson, and plan to question the quarterback under oath after obtaining depositions from all 22 women.

“We expect that our clients' depositions will be scheduled soon; thereafter, we will take Mr. Watson's deposition—I believe we have been allocated 46 hours to put Mr. Watson under oath and question him,” the statement read.

The NFL has not yet questioned Watson, according to Hardin, who said this was customary during criminal proceedings.

“The NFL tries to not interfere with criminal investigations,” Hardin said.

This comes after Watson reported to Houston Texans training camp on Sunday in order to avoid a $50,000 daily fine, according to ESPN.

Buzbee, however, said he was “not focused on whether Watson will play.”

“I'm not privy to the workings of the Texans or training camp,” Buzbee wrote in a statement. “I'm instead focused on the welfare of the women he had contact with and aggressively pursuing their cases in court.”

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