It’s been widely reported that Deshaun Watson and his attorney Rusty Hardin have attempted to settle the 22 civil lawsuits filed against him that include allegations of sexual assault during massage sessions. Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the women who filed the suits, has previously said Watson’s team tried to settle those cases before the NFL’s November trade deadline in an effort to help the quarterback get moved out of Houston and away from the Texans.
On Friday, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern published one of the settlement offers he “exclusively obtained.” According to Stern, the woman who received the proposal – which can be viewed here – turned it down.
The settlement offer was for a lump sum of $100,000 and would lead to the woman dismissing the civil suit within 24 hours of the agreement and adhering to a strict confidentiality agreement. In the offer, Watson denies all allegations against him in the suit and “enters into this Agreement to buy peace.” The various settlement offers from Watson’s team have ranged between five- and six-figure sums, according to The Daily Beast report.
In addition to the 22 civil lawsuits, there are also 10 criminal complaints against Watson that, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, could be turned over to a grand jury soon. The NFL also has an open investigation into the quarterback’s conduct.
The proposed settlement stated that neither Watson or the woman could discuss the case with any third party “other than upon request from governmental or National Football League investigative authorities.” The agreement also states that neither Watson or the woman “will speak, write, or otherwise communicate publicly or privately, including in any interviews, social media posts, blog posts, articles or any other media or forum, on the terms of this Agreement, and the amount of the settlement. Neither party will defame the other, in writing or otherwise, nor disparage one another.”
The offer also states that “Watson expressly denies any wrongdoing and is entering into this Agreement as a reasonable alternative to proceeding with litigation.”
In December, Pro Football Talk reported that 18 of the 22 accusers were prepared to settle their civil suits against Watson.
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