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Deshaun Watson is returning to Houston to be deposed in Friday’s civil trials over allegations of sexual assault

CLEVELAND, Ohio (KTRK) — Former Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson is being fired Friday in Houston in connection with the 22 civil lawsuits he is facing by women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

His attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed that the testimony will take place at his office.

The allegations are based on massages that the quarterback received from 2020. The first lawsuit was filed last March. A Houston police investigation began in April 2021 after a criminal complaint was filed.

Earlier this year, grand juries in Harris and Brazoria counties declined to indict Watson.

Watson was traded to the Cleveland Browns in March.

At his opening press conference in Cleveland, the 26-year-old was asked if he would go for counseling.

“It’s hard for me to say the advice part because I don’t have a problem. I do not have a problem. I said that from the start,” Watson said, adding that he was willing to talk to people to make sure he didn’t find himself in the situation again, but doubled down that he had no problem.

“Like I said, I’ve never attacked anyone, never disrespected anyone, I’ve always been respectful. I’ve always stood by that and that’s me as a person,” he said at the time.
The women have alleged in their lawsuits that Watson exposed himself, touched her with his penis, or kissed her against her will during massage appointments. One woman claimed Watson forced her to perform oral sex.

In April, a Texas judge ruled that Watson must say whether he had sex with 18 massage therapists who assisted him last year following criminal complaints and court cases from the other women.

USA Today reported at the time that Watson had 30 days to comply. He used to not discuss his past with the therapists. Watson was also required to provide other information about his massage history since 2019, including any language in his contract with the Texans about massage.

Although Watson has not been criminally charged, the NFL has its own personal code of conduct and could suspend him.

Watson has said he has no intention of settling the civil claims.

The Associated Press and ESPN contributed to this report.

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