Attorney Tony Buzbee has filed a lawsuit against the Texans on behalf of his client Toi Garner, a former massage therapy student, who alleges that during a massage session, Watson “assaulted and harassed the plaintiff by exposing her aggressively her naked body, deliberately touching her with his penis, and eventually ejaculating on her,” according to the lawsuit.
The Texans knew or should have known of Watson’s behavior and should have investigated and addressed the behavior, according to the lawsuit, but instead provided him with a nondisclosure agreement “to protect himself.”
“We believe the Texans knew or most certainly should have known of Watson’s conduct. Beyond that, we believe the record speaks for itself,” Buzbee told CNN, saying there would likely be d other lawsuits.
The Houston Texans said in a statement to CNN, “We are aware of the lawsuit filed against us today. Since March 2021, we have fully supported and complied with law enforcement and the various investigations. We will continue to take the necessary steps to deal with the allegations against our organization.
At a press conference earlier this month, Watson said he was innocent of all charges. CNN reached out to his attorney to comment on this latest lawsuit against the Texans.
League investigation still ongoing
The quarterback’s hearing with independent disciplinary officer Sue Robinson is scheduled for Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Robinson was jointly appointed by the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) pursuant to their collective bargaining agreement to hear the case.
Once Robinson determines whether Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy, either party can appeal to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and he or his delegate “will issue a decision. writing which will constitute a full, final and complete determination of the dispute and will be binding on the player,” according to the ABC.
Asked about the hearing, the NFL told CNN it had no comment and the NFLPA said it was “unable to share details as their team is bound by confidentiality.”
Neither Watson’s representatives nor the Browns responded to CNN’s request for comment.