Story at a glance
- Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin filed emergency motions this week requesting the women be required to refile their anonymous complaints under their legal names.
- Two judges ruled 13 women had to refile with their legal names.
- The Houston Texans quarterback has denied all allegations.
Orders by two judges on Friday will require 13 of the 22 women who have filed lawsuits against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to identify themselves, according to The Houston Chronicle.
At least 22 women have accused Watson of sexual assault or misconduct and filed civil lawsuits against the NFL star. Most of the accusers are professional massage therapists who claim the NFL star assaulted them or behaved inappropriately during massages.
All 22 lawsuits list the plaintiffs as a “Jane Doe,” although two have publicly named themselves.
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin filed emergency motions this week requesting the women be required to refile their complaints under their legal names so his defendant can properly defend himself.
In separate hearings in Harris County District Court Friday, Judge Dedra Davis ruled Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing the women, must refile one case with the name of the accuser, while Judge Rabeea Sultan made the same determination for 12 of the plaintiffs.
Buzbee said nine of those 12 plaintiffs had already agreed to refile their lawsuits under their names. The plaintiffs must comply within two business days.
Two of the women, Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley, came forward during a news conference on Tuesday.
“I am survivor of assault and harassment. Deshaun Watson is my assaulter and my harasser, he assaulted me at my home doing what I love most, massage therapy,” Solis, a Houston massage therapist, said Tuesday.
Watson has denied all allegations.
The Houston Police Department has opened a criminal investigation and the NFL is also investigating the allegations.
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