Alleged sufferer speaks publicly for 1st time

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The primary of twenty-two victims to file a lawsuit towards Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson spoke publicly for the primary time at a press convention held by Houston legal professional Tony Buzbee Tuesday.Ashley Solis recognized herself as a sufferer of sexual assault by Watson. She spoke about her encounter with Watson on March 30, 2020 in her own residence.

“I hope my story provides [other victims] the braveness to talk out,” Solis mentioned. “I used to be afraid. I am not afraid anymore. I do exist.”You possibly can watch the sufferer’s full assertion within the video participant above.

Solis is a licensed therapeutic massage therapist and described the follow as what she likes to do most. She mentioned therapeutic massage remedy has been eternally tainted to her due to her traumatic expertise.

By means of tears, Solis defined that, since her alleged assault, she has needed to lower periods with shoppers brief because of the trauma.

“Some days I really feel like a hero, different days I really feel like a failure,” Solis mentioned. “I replay the incident again and again in my head like I am attempting to get up from some horrible nightmare, besides the nightmare is actual.”

She defined that she suffers from panic assaults, anxiousness and despair after her alleged assault by Watson, and is in remedy.

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In response to Solis, her father, who was as soon as a die-hard Texans fan, can now not say Watson’s title with out turning crimson within the face.

“I cannot let Deshaun win,” she mentioned. “He must be held accountable for his actions.”

The next is a abstract from the incident, as defined within the lawsuit:
March 30, 2020, at the plaintiff’s home in Texas. The plaintiff has run a therapeutic massage remedy enterprise since 2018 and is a licensed therapist. He contacted her by way of direct message on Instagram and insisted nobody else be current throughout his therapeutic massage. The lady alleges that Watson uncovered his penis and touched her hand together with his penis. She says she ended the therapeutic massage abruptly and Watson informed her: “I do know you will have a profession and a status, and I do know you’ll hate for somebody to mess with yours, identical to I do not need anybody messing with mine.” She says he texted later to apologize however she didn’t reply.

A second sufferer offered an announcement for Buzbee’s group to learn aloud. The alleged sufferer, Lauren Baxley, mentioned she was instructed by her trauma therapist to write down a letter to Watson to assist her heal.

The letter detailed her expertise with Watson from June 2, 2020. Her story was like lots of the others filed.She described Watson being fully nude, regardless of requests to cowl himself, and she or he described him touching her together with his penis with out her consent.

“You’re nothing greater than a predator with energy,” her letter learn. “Your good man status was nothing greater than an meticulously designed persona to maintain victims silent.”

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In her letter, Baxley went on to explain her worry of being attacked at work or in her own residence after studying feedback from Watson’s supporters on-line.

The next is a abstract from the incident, as defined within the lawsuit:
June 2, 2020 at a spa in Houston. The plaintiff has been within the therapeutic massage enterprise about 11 years and is a licensed therapist who routinely works with professional athletes. She says Watson contacted her by way of Instagram and later by telephone, telling her he makes “loads of therapeutic massage therapists uncomfortable and it is actually onerous for me to search out somebody who will meet my wants.” Through the appointment, the lady says, Watson regularly tried to take away towels and uncovered his penis a number of occasions and moved “in such a solution to make his penis contact Plaintiff.” The lawsuit says Watson tried to schedule future appointments however was ignored or declined.

In response to Buzbee, though 22 lawsuits are filed, 5 different ladies got here to him with tales, however they have been turned away as a result of he didn’t consider he might present a case.

Every case may be very related, in line with Buzbee. Watson reached out to the ladies on social media, normally Instagram, and requested if they might present a therapeutic massage, even to some ladies who aren’t licensed therapists. He organized the appointments on social media and would usually insist the ladies be alone throughout the scheduled therapeutic massage.

Buzbee mentioned in lots of circumstances, Watson would dictate by way of direct message what kind of therapeutic massage he wished and dictate ladies put on sure sorts of outfits. In response to Buzbee, Watson would additionally usually insist to make use of a towel to cowl himself up and would carry his personal towel, which was a small washcloth.

In lots of circumstances, Watson allegedly had the ladies signal a non-disclosure settlement earlier than or after the session, Buzbee mentioned.

In whole, two of the alleged victims are positioned in Georgia, one in California, one in Arizona and the remaining in Houston. Buzbee mentioned 15 of the accusers are Black ladies, 4 are white and three are Hispanic.

Buzbee mentioned, outdoors of his lawsuits, two to 3 of the ladies, together with Solis, have made formal complaints to Houston police, and different ladies are nonetheless contemplating their choices.

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The legal professional offered the press with 5 items of proof and mentioned he would later submit them on-line. The “packets” included display screen pictures of direct messages between the alleged victims and Watson, an NDA Watson allegedly emailed to one of many accusers to fill out, screenshots of direct messages between one of many alleged victims and a coworker she reached out to immediately after her incident detailing the expertise, and screenshots of tweets from Watson’s Twitter account the place he talks about massages.

Buzbee mentioned that among the offered messages present Watson telling an alleged sufferer that he’ll borrow a therapeutic massage desk from the Houston Texans to make use of on the session. Buzbee mentioned Watson borrowed tools from the group a number of occasions.

Different screenshots present Watson arranging airplane tickets and Uber rides for one of many victims from out of state, Buzbee mentioned.

“The Houston Police Division was extraordinarily cooperative, skilled and compassionate, however, as you have heard right here, it’s a very intense course of,” Buzbee mentioned of the official complaints filed.

When requested if he thinks extra victims will come foreword, Buzbee mentioned, “As soon as they hear from Ashley Solis, possibly they’ll.”

Within the hours following Buzbee’s information convention, Watson’s camp hit at claims by the outspoken legal professional insisting the accusers aren’t in it for the cash.

In response to Rusty Hardin, Watson’s legal professional, Buzbee had sought $100,000 on Solis’ behalf to stay quiet. That demand, Hardin mentioned, was made a month earlier than her lawsuit was filed in mid-March.

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Beforehand, 18 professional massage therapists have come out in support of the Texans quarterback, saying the allegations weren’t in line with the experiences they’ve had with the star athlete.

Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing, and Hardin mentioned final week that he believes “any allegation that Deshaun pressured a lady to commit a sexual act is totally false.”

The NFL mentioned in an announcement Friday that it’s “persevering with to watch all developments” pertaining to the league’s private conduct coverage, and the Texans mentioned in an announcement that they might keep in shut contact with the NFL throughout its investigation.

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