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Deshaun Watson's latest lawsuit includes questionable motives of the accuser at the time of the incident. Nick Cammett/Getty Images


  • Deshaun Watson's attorney seeks monetary sanctions
  • The lawyer also questions the credibility of new evidence
  • Watson has settled 23 of 26 sexual abuse complaints thus far

The legal woes of Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns continue, especially after the 26th lawsuit that was filed against the three-time Pro Bowl player last week with the woman alleging she was forced into oral sex.

In the eyes of Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, the latest one filed against his client is a "sham lawsuit."

He has asked the court in Harris County, Texas for monetary sanctions against the lawyers who filed the suit.

The woman behind the 26th complaint against the 12th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft is accusing Watson of sexual misconduct during massage sessions per a report by USA Today.

So far, 23 lawsuits have been settled out of the 26 that Watson is facing. One of them was dropped shortly after it was filed in March 2021.

Hence, there are only two remaining suits left unsettled, including the last one that was filed last October 13.

The 26th lawsuit was also the only one so far since the NFL suspended the 2020 NFL passing yards leader was handed an 11-game suspension.

Hardin has already worked on the latest suit, including screenshots of the alleged text messages of the woman to Watson at the Houstonian Hotel.

"The documents (the woman) provided reflect that for nearly a year after their massage session together, (the woman) sent more than 35 messages to Mr. Watson—none of which were answered by Mr. Watson," the lawyer stated.

In some of the text messages, the woman asked to meet the NFL player to see her again in the same hotel. Other messages were allegedly sexually suggestive.

"Let me know when your ready to make big deposits," one of the woman's text messages read.

In all, Hardin believes the latest suit filed against his client was done in bad faith.

"This obviously does not sound like a person who was pressured into performing oral sex," the documents filed on Monday, October 24 read.

Since the complaints came out against him, Watson had never been arrested or charged for the cases.

The 27-year-old NFL player has also denied any misconduct on his end.

In the filing of Hardin, he added how the Houston police had interviewed the woman and ended up rejecting them.

"Likewise, NFL investigators were fully aware of (the woman's) allegations and chose not to base their findings on any of her [unfounded] contentions," Hardin's filing stated.

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The lawyer of Deshaun Watson blasts the latest lawsuit on the Cleveland Browns quarterback, questioning its credibility. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images