A choose in Houston dominated Monday that Deshaun Watson can face questions underneath oath in not less than among the 22 civil circumstances filed towards him by girls who’ve accused the Houston Texans quarterback of actions starting from harassment to sexual assault throughout therapeutic massage classes.
Watson’s legal professional, Rusty Hardin, filed a movement final week to delay Watson’s deposition till after April 1 and argued Monday that such a delay would allow Watson’s authorized crew to safe depositions with all 22 of the ladies who’re suing Watson and in addition enable Watson the safety of realizing whether or not he will even face legal expenses. Watson’s deposition was initially scheduled to start as early as this week.
Hardin stated in courtroom on Monday that the Harris County District Legal professional will possible resolve by April 1 whether or not Watson can be criminally charged. The district legal professional’s workplace and Houston Police have declined to touch upon the standing of the legal case towards Watson.
Hardin’s movement to delay Watson’s deposition was denied on Monday, not less than partially.
“Deshaun Watson’s crew loudly and publicly claims he’s harmless and needs nothing greater than to clear his title, but he refuses to sit down in a room and face his accusers and reply questions underneath oath,” Tony Buzbee, the Houston legal professional for the 22 girls suing Watson, stated in a ready assertion Monday.
“Immediately [Watson] sought extra delay; nonetheless, regardless of his efforts, the Courtroom dominated that, not less than with regard to the primary 9 plaintiffs, there can be no extra delay,” Buzbee added.
The courtroom dominated Monday that Watson might be questioned underneath oath on allegations regarding 9 of the pending civil circumstances. Not one of the girls concerned in these 9 circumstances has filed a legal grievance towards Watson, and all of them have already offered depositions of their very own of their ongoing civil circumstances.
Hardin argued in courtroom on Monday that no legal professional would enable a shopper to offer sworn testimony in a civil case when a possible legal case is looming, elevating the prospect that when Watson does present testimony within the 9 circumstances recognized by the courtroom on Monday, he’ll possible train his Fifth Modification proper to stay silent.
“The duty of the lawyer is to guard the shopper, and whereas there’s a legal investigation happening, it is just honest to attend to see whether or not it leads to expenses or it would not earlier than deciding whether or not you are going to submit any person for depositions,” Hardin informed reporters after Monday’s listening to.
The 22 civil circumstances filed towards Watson accuse him of a variety of actions throughout therapeutic massage appointments, from refusing to cowl his genitals to pressured oral intercourse. Hardin stated Monday that Watson “did not do what he’s accused of doing,” and added, “I am hopeful and I belief that can be a conclusion of a grand jury.”
Buzbee shed not less than some mild on the latest deposition of Watson’s advertising supervisor, Brian Burney, saying it was Burney who testified that the Texans group “offered Watson the nondisclosure settlement that he insisted that many ladies signal after a therapeutic massage session.”
The NFL can also be investigating Watson’s case.
Watson, who has been the topic of NFL commerce rumors for months, didn’t play all season for the Texans regardless of remaining on the energetic roster.