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Deshaun Watson could be forced to be deposed again

Deshaun Watson may be forced to add something to his offseason schedule.

The lawyer for the plaintiff in a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Watson petitioned the court Feb. 6 to force the Browns quarterback to give an in-person deposition by Aug. 1. The judge in Harris County District Court in Houston had yet to rule.

Watson settled 23 of 26 sexual misconduct lawsuits in 2022. One was withdrawn and another remains dormant.

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The lawsuit in question was filed in October 2022 — after the settlements — accusing Watson of coercing a massage therapist with “intellectual and mental disabilities” into performing oral sex during an appointment in 2020. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, previously acknowledged Watson had consensual sex during massage therapy appointments but denied wrongdoing. Hardin called the latest accusation a “sham.”

Two Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges.

Watson was deposed in this case June 9, but according to the plaintiff’s filing, Hardin advised him not to answer certain lines of questioning and the deposition stopped after two hours and 14 minutes.

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“I am going to object and instruct him not to answer about other incidents or other people,” Hardin said, according to a transcript in the court filings. “Not only is your lawsuit irrational and has no value at all, but we are not going to be trying other incidents in other cases. There’s no secret in the world that he was sued by multiple women and settled multiple lawsuits. But we are not going to try those cases again, and we’re not going to be answering questions about those other cases, all of which are the subject of Confidentiality Agreements. You jumped in at the last minute. The evidence is going to show and has shown already with the filings just what a bogus lawsuit this is.”

Watson reached a settlement with the NFL before the 2022 season, his first with the Browns. He agreed to a suspension of 11 games, to pay a $5 million fine and go through evaluation and treatment.

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Watson is recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his throwing shoulder and is expected to participate in the offseason program in the spring.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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