Brown’s Deshaun Watson has reached secret settlements in 20 of 24 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct

Deshaun Watson was settled out of court. The 26-year-old continues to make recent headlines in the NFL after his massive trade from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns, a move the latter followed with a historic new contract despite his ongoing legal battles. As the calendar approaches July, Watson has chosen to resolve most lawsuits arising from rampant allegations of sexual misconduct, settling 20 of the 24 cases currently pending, according to Houston attorney Tony Busby — who represents each of the 24 defendants.

As such, every settled case will be dismissed, as Buzbee points out in the following excerpt from his case official speech which was released on Tuesday.

“Today, I announce that all but four of the cases against Deshaun Watson have been settled. We are working through the paperwork on these settlements. Once we do that, these specific cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential and we will not comment further on the settlements or those issues.”

Although a separate jury found there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Watson on criminal charges, beyond news of the above settlements, Watson has not yet gotten out of the legal impasse. As mentioned, there are still four cases pending against him, among them the original accused, Ashley Solis.

“Ashley Solis is one of the heroes of this story. Her case is not settled, so her story and that of the three other brave women will continue,” Busby said. “I look forward to consideration of these cases in a timely manner, consistent with other agenda commitments and the court’s schedule.”

Watson is also subject to a possible penalty from the NFL, with Commissioner Roger Goodell still working through an investigation of possible wrongdoing by the veteran quarterback, who could be subject to a significant suspension – if there are reports of Goodell’s intention to introduce a one-year ban thoroughly. Watson allegedly solicited sex from multiple masseuses over a 17-month period while with Texas, reportedly using the services of 66 people during that time period, and new allegations/cases have been brought forward since moving into the Browns. .

With this round of conclusion for most of the issues going on, it is likely that the NFL will soon rule on the matter. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy issued a statement saying, “Today’s development has no bearing on the collectively negotiated disciplinary process.”

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