After Tuesday’s information convention, Rusty Hardin, a lawyer representing Watson, took goal on the claims by Buzbee and Solis. Hardin launched a sequence of emails that urged that Buzbee “sought $100,000 in hush money on behalf of Ms. Solis to quietly settle the allegations the month before he filed the first lawsuit.” All of the accusers, in keeping with the lawsuits, have filed claims in search of “minimal compensatory damages.”
In one e mail from February, Scott Gaffield, common counsel at Athletes First, the company that represents Watson, rebuffed Buzbee’s demand on behalf of Solis for $100,000 as a result of “we don’t believe that the alleged facts show that Deshaun did anything wrong …”
In addition to the 22 civil claims, the case in opposition to Watson widened final week when the Houston Police Department acknowledged that it had begun investigating Watson after a criticism was filed in opposition to him. Buzbee mentioned Tuesday that no less than one different particular person had additionally filed a criticism in opposition to Watson with the police. It is unclear whether or not both particular person can be a plaintiff within the lawsuits filed in opposition to Watson in Harris County, Texas.
While practically two dozen claims have been filed in opposition to Watson in lower than one month, the authorized machinations are solely starting. The instances are actually assigned to a number of judges for assessment, however it’s unclear when or if they are going to be consolidated, one thing that might streamline choices on the anonymity of the accusers, any motions to dismiss, potential discovery and myriad different steps that may result in trial.
Other elements might form the contours of the case, together with any potential developments within the investigations by the police and the N.F.L., which started its personal inquiry and might droop Watson whereas it appears into the allegations in opposition to him. Though the accusations have mounted in a brief span of time, the authorized proceedings are in very early levels, in keeping with Stephanie Stradley, a lawyer in Houston who writes frequently about legal matters regarding the Texans and the N.F.L.
“If you were making a football analogy, the ball’s been kicked off and people are running down the field, but no one’s caught the ball yet,” she mentioned. “These cases are hard enough as it is when the world isn’t watching. They can be kind of messy sorting out what the full facts are.”