Tony Buzbee responds to the latest Rusty Hardin statement

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The back and forth continues between the lawyers at the heart of the Deshaun Watson controversy.

After Tuesday’s compelling remarks from Ashley Solis, the first person who sued Watson and who has now attached her name, face, and voice to the cause, attorney Rusty Hardin issued a statement that attempted to rebut her contention that it’s “false” to say the case is “just about money.”

On Tuesday night, attorney Tony Buzbee posted a response on social media.

“The latest and ever-changing Watson defense is that our legal team is somehow compromised because we tried to settle or resolve issues with one client before putting all of these women through the current media circus we knew would result, because the alleged perpetrator is a famous quarterback,” Buzbee said. “I can and have confirmed we tried to resolve these issues without a lawsuit. That fact was public knowledge almost three weeks ago. We attempted to settle without fanfare or press. In fact, I’ve attached the last email we had with the Watson team before we filed the first lawsuit. This email was sent when we represented only one victim, before we represented what is now 23 women, alleging the same thing.

“The current back and forth reporting about the ego of the lawyers involved is not appropriate, or helpful. These cases are about those who were subject to the conduct alleged. Please review the video of Ashley Solis today, from the press conference; she had the courage to go in front of national media to tell her story. STRONG!! Now, that’s a hero! That’s who we should be talking about!”

It’s indeed irrelevant whether the cases were, are, or will be about money. Civil lawsuits, at some level, are always about money, because the verdict requires the payment of money, if the plaintiff can prove that the defendant has liability and that damages resulted. What matters are the facts and the law, and today’s developments make it more likely, not less likely, that the cases eventually will be resolved in civil court, with one or more o them possibly headed to criminal court — if a prosecutor decides to pursue formal charges.

19 responses to “Tony Buzbee responds to the latest Rusty Hardin statement

  1. “…we tried to settle or resolve issues with one client before putting all of these women through the current media circus we knew would result, because we’ve been working tirelessly to create the current media circus.”

    That’s what he should have said, if this guy ever told the truth.

  2. Yeah Im not impressed with the “they wanted hush money” thing. I listenned to the whole press conference. They came with a lot of substance, details, timeline. They exposed the pattern and all. Ashley Solis was sincere in my eyes.. We shouldnt care if she wanted to settle prior to this.

  3. The Watson situation is rapidly becoming as big as the Vick story years ago. It is a huge black eye for the NFL because Watson is a true star just like Vick was. If the other 22 victims are as credible as the first, Deshaun is in serious trouble. His legal team wanted a criminal trial. They now have one. The criminal trial will reveal facts that can only put more pressure on the NFL and the civil trails. Much like Vick, he is going to miss a lot of NFL games and lose a great deal of the financial benefits he thought he had. I am not an expert, but the quantity of victims is hard to ignore. It would seem to me that finding a good massage therapist is very similar to finding a good barber. You don’t need 23 or the 18 who spoke on your behalf. You need one. He has a clear issue that is going to cost him his career.

  4. I thought I read earlier that Buzbee’s client asked for money in exchange for her indefinite silence or something to that effect. If that’s true, it isn’t really a settlement offer.

  5. What is the monetary value of the emotional and/or physical trauma that these self-proclaimed victims allegedly incurred and how is that dollar figure determined?

    Duration of the abuse?
    Some varying degrees of abuse on a sliding monetary scale?
    What are the mathematical calculations used to determine equivalent values of sexual, physical, verbal, visual and mental abuse?

    I’m guessing there aren’t any and it is kept vague intentionally.

    No math or science, just emotions, hurt feelings and varying levels of greed on both sides.

  6. The main issue with Buzbee’s argument is that, yes, Watson could’ve settled with that first accuser. And then Buzbee would’ve brought forth 21 more. This was always going to be made public – and into a circus – by Buzbee’s antics, regardless of whether the allegations have any merit or not.

  7. Where do we find these guys? He says it’s irrelevent whether it’s about money! Dear Mr. Lawyer, I was born at night but it wasn’t last night. This cake has been cut!

  8. Deshaun does have some level of liability! Visiting a licensed massage therapist should not be the same as going to a night club. I have stated before and will state it again; Watson should have settled before this became so public. Come up with a non disclosure agreement and if needed pay off all 21 cases. Rusty Hardin does not get paid as much to settle so quickly.

  9. Its not about money, you don’t know who “Hal” McNair is, you’re ego is irrelevant, yada yada yada. Whether or not the accusations are true remains to be seen; but your case would be much stronger if Buzbee (personally) weren’t such an obvious liar.

  10. Watson should have settled before this became so public.

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    The problem with that is once Watson paid one or more accuser, he would have opened a firehose of allegations. This lawyer had 21 accusers lined up. And Watson, for whatever reason, appears to have gotten hundreds or maybe thousands of massages. Once he admitted guilt in one or more allegations, nobody would ever believe him if he said he was innocent in the other cases.

  11. weswelker83 says:
    April 7, 2021 at 7:12 am
    What is the monetary value of the emotional and/or physical trauma that these self-proclaimed victims allegedly incurred and how is that dollar figure determined?

    Duration of the abuse?
    Some varying degrees of abuse on a sliding monetary scale?
    What are the mathematical calculations used to determine equivalent values of sexual, physical, verbal, visual and mental abuse?

    I’m guessing there aren’t any and it is kept vague intentionally.

    No math or science, just emotions, hurt feelings and varying levels of greed on both sides.

    —–

    What you describe is the basis of the vast majority of civil suits. And yes, Watson should have settled this thing before it became the mess it has now become

  12. This is turning into a class action lawsuit where the lawyers are gonna end up with millions and the victims end up with $25 gift cards to Arby’s.

  13. Deshaun should apologize volunteer that he is seeking counseling for whatever his issue is and offer to donate a large lump sum to some charity that benefits abused women. He can regain the morale high ground and do some good for society.

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