Houston – Attorney Tony Busby said in a statement that his company will amend 22 cases against it Deshawn Watson Disclosure of the names of the plaintiffs, “even those who were not ordered by the court to do so.”
All lawsuits filed on behalf of a woman named Jane Doe from March 16 to April 2 accuse the Houston Texans player of misconduct and sexual assault.
Last Friday, two judges ruled that most of the plaintiffs must be identified. The orders from two hearings on Friday covered 13 of the 22 lawsuits filed against Watson, although the attorneys also agreed to release the name more hours later. Before Friday, only two women introduced themselves publicly
The new lawsuits were not published Tuesday night on the Harris County Secretary’s website.
“My company has previously attempted to provide the Defense Board with the names of the plaintiffs suing Deshawn Watson and has attempted to do so at the appropriate time,” Busby said in the statement.
The statement continued, “We were concerned about the safety of the plaintiffs and asked the Watson team to agree to a protection order in which identities could be used in litigation, but not disclosed to the world.”
Last week, Watson’s attorney, Rusty Harden, said in a statement that when his company asked Busby “to identify his clients weeks ago, he refused and asked us to submit a request.”
“While I understand that anonymity is regularly used as a shield for victims, Mr. Bozbey uses it as a sword,” Hardin said in a statement on Thursday. “By protecting his clients from public scrutiny, Mr. Busby continues to use his anonymous claims to destroy Mr. Watson. This is simply untrue and we look forward to resolving the matter in court.”
Last Friday, Hardin admitted, at a press conference, that there had been some “consensual meetings” between Watson and some of the 22 women who sued him, but said that he had never taken actions by Watson that were “not desirable to both parties.”
Were there occasions for consensual meetings? Yes, Hardin said.
When Hardin was asked to clarify the comment on Watson being part of sexual acts with some of the women who sued him, Harden responded with a similar response.
“There will be no doubt about some of those massages,” Harden replied.
In a statement Tuesday, Busby said that while Watson “may now say he had permission to do what he did with these victims, but let’s be clear, in the minds of these women, he didn’t have permission.”