Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has reportedly made five- and six-figure settlement offers to a number of the 22 women who have sued him for sexual misconduct over the last year.
The Daily Beast published one $100,000 offer, which explains that Watson would only enter into the agreement to ‘buy peace’ and continues to deny the allegations.
The confidential agreement also stipulates that the accuser agree to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice ‘within 24 hours of the Execution Date,’ comply with a non-disparagement clause that bars her from criticizing Watson publicly, and forbids her from disclosing the amount of the settlement.
The recipient of the offer published by the Daily Beast reportedly declined.
Neither Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin nor Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the 22 accusers, immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Watson to date has earned $51 million over his first five NFL seasons, according to Spotrac.com. Ahead of the 2020 season, he signed a four-year $156m contract with the Texans.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson has reportedly made five- and six-figure settlement offers to a number of the 22 women who have sued him for sexual misconduct over the last year
The Daily Beast published one $100,000 offer, which explains that Watson would only enter into the agreement to ‘buy peace’ and continues to deny the allegations
As explained in the offer, Watson would not concede any guilty in the lawsuits
The recipient of the published settlement offer was not identified by the Daily Beast, although several other Watson accusers have spoken out publicly, saying they’ve suffered post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety since their encounters with the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
The plaintiffs, most of who work as massage therapists or in other similar professions, filed separate lawsuits as Jane Does in the spring of 2021, claiming that Watson exposed himself, attempted to coerce them into sex, and in some cases, touched them with his penis during private sessions.
Two of the women also sued for sexual assault, claiming Watson forced them to perform oral sex on him.
Watson has been benched this season due to what the team described as a ‘non-injury reasons/personal matter,’ leaving the Texans without a reliable quarterback in 2021. Consequently, Houston finished 4-13 and head coach David Culley was fired Thursday after just one year at the helm.
Other teams have reportedly expressed interest in Watson, including the Miami Dolphins.
Attorney Tony Buzbee (pictured) is representing the 22 women who have sued Watson
Through his attorney, Rusty Hardin (pictured), Watson says any sexual contact was consensual