Ashley Solis recognized herself as a sufferer of sexual assault by Watson. She spoke about her encounter with Watson on March 30, 2020 in her own residence.
“I hope my story provides [other victims] the braveness to talk out,” Solis mentioned. “I used to be afraid. I am not afraid anymore. I do exist.”
You may watch the sufferer’s full assertion within the video participant above.
Solis is a licensed therapeutic massage therapist and described the observe as what she likes to do most. She mentioned therapeutic massage remedy has been endlessly tainted to her due to her traumatic expertise.
By tears, Solis defined that, since her alleged assault, she has needed to reduce periods with shoppers quick because of the trauma.
“Some days I really feel like a hero, different days I really feel like a failure,” Solis mentioned. “I replay the incident again and again in my head like I am attempting to get up from some horrible nightmare, besides the nightmare is actual.”
She defined that she suffers from panic assaults, anxiousness and melancholy after her alleged assault by Watson, and is in remedy.
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Based on Solis, her father, who was as soon as a die-hard Texans fan, can now not say Watson’s identify with out turning crimson within the face.
“I can’t let Deshaun win,” she mentioned. “He must be held accountable for his actions.”
The next is a abstract from the incident, as defined within the lawsuit:
March 30, 2020, on the plaintiff’s dwelling in Texas. The plaintiff has run a therapeutic massage remedy enterprise since 2018 and is a licensed therapist. He contacted her through direct message on Instagram and insisted nobody else be current throughout his therapeutic massage. The lady alleges that Watson uncovered his penis and touched her hand along with his penis. She says she ended the therapeutic massage abruptly and Watson informed her: “I do know you’ve a profession and a popularity, and I do know you’ll hate for somebody to mess with yours, identical to I do not need anybody messing with mine.” She says he texted later to apologize however she didn’t reply.
A second sufferer offered a press release for Buzbee’s crew to learn aloud. The alleged sufferer, Lauren Baxley, mentioned she was instructed by her trauma therapist to put in writing a letter to Watson to assist her heal.
The letter detailed her expertise with Watson from June 2, 2020. Her story was like lots of the others filed.
She described Watson being fully nude, regardless of requests to cowl himself, and he or she described him touching her along with his penis with out her consent.
“You’re nothing greater than a predator with energy,” her letter learn. “Your good man popularity was nothing greater than an meticulously designed persona to maintain victims silent.”
In her letter, Baxley went on to explain her concern of being attacked at work or in her own residence after studying feedback from Watson’s supporters on-line.
The next is a abstract from the incident, as defined within the lawsuit:
June 2, 2020 at a spa in Houston. The plaintiff has been within the therapeutic massage enterprise about 11 years and is a licensed therapist who routinely works with professional athletes. She says Watson contacted her through Instagram and later by cellphone, telling her he makes “a number of therapeutic massage therapists uncomfortable and it is actually onerous for me to seek out somebody who will meet my wants.” In the course of the appointment, the girl says, Watson frequently tried to take away towels and uncovered his penis a number of instances and moved “in such a option to make his penis contact Plaintiff.” The lawsuit says Watson tried to schedule future appointments however was ignored or declined.
Based on Buzbee, though 22 lawsuits are filed, 5 different ladies got here to him with tales, however they had been turned away as a result of he didn’t consider he might present a case.
Every case could be very related, in response to Buzbee. Watson reached out to the ladies on social media, often Instagram, and requested if they may present a therapeutic massage, even to some ladies who are usually not licensed therapists. He organized the appointments on social media and would usually insist the ladies be alone throughout the scheduled therapeutic massage.
Buzbee mentioned in lots of instances, Watson would dictate through direct message what kind of therapeutic massage he wished and dictate ladies put on sure sorts of outfits. Based on Buzbee, Watson would additionally usually insist to make use of a towel to cowl himself up and would convey his personal towel, which was a small washcloth.
In lots of instances, Watson allegedly had the ladies signal a non-disclosure settlement earlier than or after the session, Buzbee mentioned.
In complete, two of the alleged victims are positioned in Georgia, one in California, one in Arizona and the remaining in Houston. Buzbee mentioned 15 of the accusers are Black ladies, 4 are white and three are Hispanic.
Buzbee mentioned, exterior of his lawsuits, two to a few of the ladies, together with Solis, have made formal complaints to Houston police, and different ladies are nonetheless contemplating their choices.
The lawyer offered the press with 5 items of proof and mentioned he would later put up them on-line. The “packets” included display screen photographs of direct messages between the alleged victims and Watson, an NDA Watson allegedly emailed to one of many accusers to fill out, screenshots of direct messages between one of many alleged victims and a coworker she reached out to immediately after her incident detailing the expertise, and screenshots of tweets from Watson’s Twitter account the place he talks about massages.
Buzbee mentioned that among the offered messages present Watson telling an alleged sufferer that he’ll borrow a therapeutic massage desk from the Houston Texans to make use of on the session. Buzbee mentioned Watson borrowed tools from the crew a number of instances.
Different screenshots present Watson arranging aircraft tickets and Uber rides for one of many victims from out of state, Buzbee mentioned.
“The Houston Police Division was extraordinarily cooperative, skilled and compassionate, however, as you have heard right here, it’s a very intense course of,” Buzbee mentioned of the official complaints filed.
When requested if he thinks extra victims will come foreword, Buzbee mentioned, “As soon as they hear from Ashley Solis, perhaps they may.”
Within the hours following Buzbee’s information convention, Watson’s camp hit at claims by the outspoken lawyer insisting the accusers aren’t in it for the cash.
Based on Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lawyer, Buzbee had sought $100,000 on Solis’ behalf to stay quiet. That demand, Hardin mentioned, was made a month earlier than her lawsuit was filed in mid-March.
Beforehand, 18 skilled therapeutic massage therapists have come out in help of the Texans quarterback, saying the allegations weren’t in step with the experiences they’ve had with the star athlete.
Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing, and Hardin mentioned final week that he believes “any allegation that Deshaun compelled a girl to commit a sexual act is totally false.”
The NFL mentioned in a press release Friday that it’s “persevering with to observe all developments” pertaining to the league’s private conduct coverage, and the Texans mentioned in a press release that they might keep in shut contact with the NFL throughout its investigation.
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