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NFL star Deshaun Watson’s offer of settlement to sexual misconduct accuser

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Over the past few weeks, NFL pundits have feverishly speculated on potential landing spots for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, with many pointing to Miami as the likely destination.

The 26-year-old is a three-time pro Bowler who should be at the peak of his career. However, he was excluded from all games in the 2021 season due to “non-injury / personal issue reasons” – or at least, that’s what the Texans called him. The reality is much darker.

In the past year, 22 women have filed civil lawsuits against Watson, citing a series of sexual misconduct offenses. All of the alleged victims were masseuses who said Watson crossed lines in their massage therapy sessions as Watson allegedly rubbed his erect penis against them without their consent to force them to have oral sex. A number of women say in their costumes that they suffered from PTSD as a result of the incidents, including crippling anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Watson, through his attorney Rusty Hardin, denied the women’s claims, saying any “active sexual activity” that occurred during massage sessions was “mutually desired by the other party.”

An open letter to Jilly Anais from an accuser of Deshaun Watson

Despite the large number of accusers, all of whom have shared surprisingly similar stories, Watson has yet to face legal repercussions or been suspended by the league. And The Daily Beast has learned that Watson has attempted to settle with a number of his accusers, offering them between five and six figures in return for their silence.

The Daily Beast exclusively secured one of these settlement offers from Watson to an accuser, who said he refused to sign, turning him down. The woman requested anonymity. You can read the settlement offer here:

In the offer to settle, Watson “denies all such claims and liabilities, including the facts alleged” by the accuser, and states that the payment of $ 100,000 is intended to “buy the peace.”

If the accuser agreed, then he would agree to dismiss the pending civil action within 24 hours and to abide by the confidentiality and non-denigration clauses contained in the agreement, including that neither the parties nor their agents “shall will speak, write or otherwise. communicate publicly or privately, including in interviews, social media posts, blog posts, articles or any other media or forum, about the terms of this Agreement and the amount of the settlement; will not disclose the “Settlement Amount”; and that any breach of the terms of the agreement “will cause irreparable harm and that monetary damages will be insufficient to fully compensate for such damages.”

The FBI and Houston Police are currently investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Watson, and last month, police issued a series of search warrants for Watson’s social media accounts.

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