Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is currently facing 24 civil lawsuits by women accusing him of sexual misconduct, including two just filed within the last week.
On Tuesday, a new article published by The New York Times took a deeper dive into the allegations against the embattled NFL star, including some details not previously known by the public.
According to sportswriter Jenny Vrentas, Watson met with at least 66 different women for massage appointments between the fall of 2019 and spring of 2021, far more than the roughly 40 he has previously claimed in depositions. The larger figure includes the 24 currently accusing him in court, but also additional women who alleged various forms of misconduct despite not pursuing further legal action, if any.
One woman, who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity, did not file a lawsuit against Watson or talk to police. However, she claims Watson exposed himself to her during their session and was “begging” her to give him oral sex.
“I specifically had to say, ‘No, I can’t do that,'” she said. “And that’s when I went into asking him, ‘What is it like being famous? Like, what’s going on? You’re about to mess up everything.'”
The woman told Vrentas she was connected with Watson through Dionne Louis, owner of A New U Spa in Houston. Watson apparently frequented the establishment numerous times during his time with the Texans, and at one point paid Louis $5,000 to buy new equipment.
As part of their relationship, The Times reports Louis was able to set Watson up with multiple women for appointments, including some who were not licensed to perform massages in the state of Texas. One of those women was the one previously mentioned above who did not sue, but in one of the court filings, another of Watson’s accusers says she told Louis the QB touched her inappropriately.
“I[‘ve] been talking to Deshaun I just told [him] off he got it now,” Louis purportedly responded in a text message she later denied sending, despite it coming from her phone number. “I told him he can’t treat us black women any kind of way.”
More of Watson’s sessions took place at The Houstonian hotel & club, where he testified under oath the Texans arranged for him to have “a place.” At least seven women met Watson for massages at The Houstonian, Vrentas wrote, including four who have either sued him or complained to authorities.