One day after Deshaun Watson’s attorney told prosecutors that his clients were not interested in settlement hearings for their sexual misconduct allegations, the Houston Texans quarterback’s attorney denied that a trial had taken place.
“In a recent interview, Mr Buzbee stated that ‘no agreement will be made’. We are sure to agree,” Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement to Fox News.
On Wednesday, Tony Buzbee, who represents the women blaming the NFL star, told KRIV, Fox’s own Houston television network, that it had no plans to resolve any of the 22 lawsuits.
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But Hardin threw cold water on Buzbee’s comments that Watson’s camp “never turned to Mr. Buzbee about a settlement, he has turned to us several times in the past about the possibility of a settlement”.
Watson’s attorney continued: “We have made it clear all along that there would be no agreement if the terms were not made public and all participants were allowed to speak in their own defense at any time. We do not want any of the participants – the plaintiffs or Mr. Watson – clogged by a settlement agreement. Mr. Buzbee is not like that. “
The four-year NFL veteran is also being investigated by the league. KRIV sporting director Mark Berman also reported that several of Watson’s accusers met with NFL investigators and that Buzbee was concerned about how the league “handled” some of its clients.
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Watson has kept his innocence throughout the trial, saying in a statement released by Hardin last month that the allegations are a “money robbery”.
Hardin repeated this attitude on Thursday. “I’m a little amused that Mr. Buzbee piously states that his clients disagree and that they want their cases to go to court. The fact that this whole thing started with his attempt to extort money and dodging the court shows this irony is not dead. I think it has just been taken to a new level. “
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In addition to the NFL investigation, the Houston police are investigating at least one complaint.