Editor’s note: This story involves allegations of sexual misconduct and contains graphic details from court filings.
When Deshaun Watson first reached out to this woman over Instagram in December 2020, her life was at a turning point.
The woman, a licensed massage therapist, had just become engaged to be married and recently graduated from chiropractic school in Houston, her lawsuit said.
The two scheduled a massage at a Houston office building about 10 a.m. Dec. 28, 2020.
That day, the woman arrived early with her mom to get everything set up. As her mom was leaving, she saw Watson walking in.
After the massage therapist greeted Watson, she left him alone to undress. When she returned to the room, he was naked and face-down on the massage table with a small towel he brought with him over his buttocks, the suit said.
The woman “was perplexed by this sight as she expected Watson to be fully covered by the draping,” sheets or towels, the lawsuit said. She was uncomfortable, “but did not want to upset the much taller and stronger Watson who is 6’2” and weighs over 200 pounds,” the lawsuit said.
The woman started the massage by working on Watson’s lower back, but he soon “aggressively started dictating” where he wanted her touch him – his “inner thighs” and “inner glutes,” the suit said.
As the woman’s discomfort grew, “Watson made clear, repeatedly, that he was a professional football player, who could help, or hurt, her career,” the suit said.
When Watson flipped onto his back, he “began to coerce her to massage his inner groin area,” the suit said.
The woman told him she had a special tools to use, but “Watson said he did not want a tool. He wanted her to use her hands,” the suit said.
Watson then asked her to massage his abdominals. The woman started massaging his rib cage above his navel and Watson “got more aggressive, forcefully telling her to move her hand down to his pubic area,” the suit said.
“At that point, Watson was in control. Watson instructed her to slide her hand across his genitals,” the suit said.
When the woman started shaking, Watson knew she was afraid, the suit said.
“Watson kept coercing and intimidating (her) and it was at this point that Watson coerced (her) to move her mouth toward his penis, forcing (her) to perform oral sex on him, the suit said.
The woman did not consent and “blacked out” for a few minutes from fear, the suit said.
She “wishes she would have been more courageous and would have ended the massage. But she felt helpless in the moment,” the suit said.
When Watson “finished, Watson got up, and offered no apology…Watson got dressed and left, as if nothing happened,” the suit said.
The woman, meanwhile, “was left shaking, violated and ashamed” and so upset, she defecated on herself, the suit said.
The woman was “disgusted at what Watson had made her do…(yet) still questions herself today, as to what she could have done to prevent his conduct,” the suit said.
Watson has denied all the allegations against him and said that any sexual contact was consensual.
In court filings, Watson’s defense attorneys said this woman claimed to be “disgusted” by Watson in her lawsuit, she “bragged to friends and family members about massaging Mr. Watson and told them that she thinks he is a kind person.”
Moreover, the filing said this woman attempted to “blackmail” Watson before filing a lawsuit, saying $30,000 would buy her “indefinite silence.”
The filing also said that when Watson’s marketing manager, Bryan Burney, asked this woman if anything happened against her will, she said everything was consensual.
The woman also told Burney she wanted a copy of the non-disclosure agreement she and Watson signed “because she did not want people in her industry to know she had provided oral sex to her massage client,” the court filing said.