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Settlement talks between Watson of Texans and 22 women who sued him for sexual misconduct are ‘broken’

Settlement talks have been interrupted between Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and the 22 women who sued him for sexual misconduct because their attorneys insisted that the plaintiffs sign nondisclosure agreements.

“In what we were presented with, there were nondisclosure agreements and many of the women rejected them,” plaintiffs’ attorney Tony Buzbee told Fox 26 of Houston.

Although Buzbee changed the language of the nondisclosure proposal “substantially,” he said Watson’s stipulation was ultimately a “deciding factor.”

‘There were still some women who said,’ I’m never going to sign that, ” ‘Buzbee told Fox 26.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Settlement talks have been interrupted between Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and the 22 women who sued him for sexual misconduct because their attorneys insisted that the plaintiffs sign nondisclosure agreements.

Settlement talks have been interrupted between Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and the 22 women who sued him for sexual misconduct because their attorneys insisted that the plaintiffs sign nondisclosure agreements.

The plaintiffs’ attorney, Tony Buzbee (pictured), told Houston’s Fox 26 that the nondisclosure provision was a “deal breaker” for his clients.

Neither plaintiffs' attorney Tony Buzbee nor Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin (pictured), had previously acknowledged that the two parties were involved in mediation.

Neither plaintiffs' attorney Tony Buzbee nor Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin (pictured), had previously acknowledged that the two parties were involved in mediation.

Neither plaintiffs’ attorney Tony Buzbee nor Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin (pictured), had previously acknowledged that the two parties were involved in mediation.

Neither Buzbee nor Hardin had previously acknowledged that the two parties were involved in mediation, although there had been speculation in the media.

In March and April, Watson was charged with forcing women to perform oral sex on him, undress him and forcibly touch masseurs and other women, among various claims. He has denied the allegations and, through Hardin, has said that any sexual contact between him and the women was consensual. All the alleged incidents took place in 2020 and 2021.

Watson, a first-round pick who started with the Texans for their first three seasons, has been benched in Houston following the allegations and his own reported business lawsuits.

The Miami Dolphins were interested in acquiring the former Clemson star on Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, according to multiple reports. The talks progressed until now that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross received permission to speak to Watson, according to the Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

According to Professional football talkWatson’s mediation with the plaintiffs played a major factor in the condemned business talks.

When the Texans learned of a possible settlement between Watson and his accusers, the sale price of the team for the tormented 26-year-old skyrocketed and talks broke down from there, according to PFT.

Meanwhile the Houston Chronicle reported that the trade would have been completed between the Texans and the Dolphins if Watson’s legal issues could be resolved before the trade deadline.

That never came to fruition, so Watson and the Texans are likely to be together until March 16, 2022, when the next NFL trade period begins.

Another possibility would be for the Texans to release Watson or agree to purchase his four-year, $ 156 million contract extension he signed last year. In total, $ 111 million of the deal is guaranteed.

“Now that the tension has eased, I probably won’t get calls from the other side wanting to resolve the case,” Buzbee said, referring to the reported trade talks that ended with the expiration of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (pictured) reportedly agreed to speak with Watson in anticipation of a trade with the Texans that never materialized.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (pictured) reportedly agreed to speak with Watson in anticipation of a trade with the Texans that never materialized.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (pictured) reportedly agreed to speak with Watson in anticipation of a trade with the Texans that never materialized.

Although many were identified in court documents, most of Watson’s accusers have avoided interviews.

One exception is massage therapist Nia Lewis, who told YouTube personality Tasha K. about several sessions with Watson in which he allegedly harassed and forcibly touched her against her wishes.

“Basically, she didn’t want the rest of her body massaged, she wanted the groin area and just her butt massaged,” Lewis told Tasha K. in August, echoing accusations by other masseurs against Watson. ‘He kept saying’ Do you want to put it in your mouth? ‘ “It was very, very uncomfortable.”

Another masseuse, Ashely Solis, said at a press conference in April that she is now struggling to continue working after her encounter with Watson in March 2020.

“I can no longer practice the profession that I love the most without trembling during the session,” he said. “My hands shake every time I place them on a client and I have to shorten the session. If only he knew how heartbreaking it is for me.

“I went into massage therapy to heal people, to heal their minds and bodies. To bring peace to their souls. Deshaun Watson stole that from me. It took that away from me, it tainted a profession that I take great pride in.

Masseuse Nia Lewis (right) told YouTube personality Tasha K. about several sessions with Watson in which he allegedly harassed and forcibly touched her against her wishes.

Masseuse Nia Lewis (right) told YouTube personality Tasha K. about several sessions with Watson in which he allegedly harassed and forcibly touched her against her wishes.

Masseuse Nia Lewis (right) told YouTube personality Tasha K. about several sessions with Watson in which he allegedly harassed and forcibly touched her against her wishes.

A masseuse, Ashely Solis (pictured), said at a press conference in April that she is now struggling to continue working after her encounter with Watson in March 2020. 'I can no longer practice the profession I love most without shaking.  during the session, '' he said.  “My hands shake every time I place them on a client and I have to shorten the session.  If only he knew how heartbreaking it is for me.  “I went into massage therapy to heal people, to heal their minds and bodies.  To bring peace to their souls.  Deshaun Watson stole that from me.  It took it from me, it stained a profession that I take great pride in. ''

A masseuse, Ashely Solis (pictured), said at a press conference in April that she is now struggling to continue working after her encounter with Watson in March 2020. 'I can no longer practice the profession I love most without shaking.  during the session, '' he said.  “My hands shake every time I place them on a client and I have to shorten the session.  If only he knew how heartbreaking it is for me.  “I went into massage therapy to heal people, to heal their minds and bodies.  To bring peace to their souls.  Deshaun Watson stole that from me.  It took it from me, it stained a profession that I take great pride in. ''

A masseuse, Ashely Solis (pictured), said at a press conference in April that she is now struggling to continue working after her encounter with Watson in March 2020. ‘I can no longer practice the profession I love most without shaking. during the session, ” he said. “My hands shake every time I place them on a client and I have to shorten the session. If only he knew how heartbreaking it is for me. “I went into massage therapy to heal people, to heal their minds and bodies. To bring peace to their souls. Deshaun Watson stole that from me. It took it from me, it stained a profession that I take great pride in. ”

According to Solis’s submission, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, Watson exposed himself during his massage in March 2020 before adjusting his position to force his erect penis into his hand.

“The plaintiff abruptly terminated the massage and asked Watson to leave her home,” the document reads.

Solís said she was crying when Watson left. As he left, he said, Watson told him, ‘I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate someone messing with yours, just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.

“ I repeat the incident over and over in my head like I’m trying to wake up to a horrible nightmare, only that nightmare is real, ” she said Tuesday.

Later, Solis said, Watson reached out via text message to apologize for the incident, but she did not respond. Buzbee has since shared that alleged text message from Watson to Solis on social media.

“I’m sorry you feel uncomfortable,” the text message read. ‘It was never the intentions. Lmk if you want to work in the future. My apologies.’

The NFL has been investigating Watson, 26, since March, when the first of 23 women came forward with allegations ranging from stalking and indecent exposure to sexual assault (one plaintiff has since dropped her lawsuit).

The NFL had the option of placing Watson on the commissioner’s exempt list, effectively suspending him with pay while the league’s investigation continues.

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