More unnamed plaintiffs suing Deshaun Watson must reveal their identities

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Barring a settlement, more of the unnamed plaintiffs who are suing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will be required to attach their names to their cases.

Following a Friday morning ruling that one of the 22 plaintiffs must attach her name to her civil complaint, another ruling has been issued requiring three more of the Jane Doe plaintiffs to re-file their cases with their names identified. Nine others have agreed to attach their names to their complaints.

During the second Friday hearing, Hardin argued on behalf of Watson that Buzbee has been trying the case publicly, and that Texas law does not allow these individuals to proceed with a pseudonym. Buzbee, for his part, disclosed that nine of the 12 plaintiffs at issue in the second Friday hearing have agreed to disclose their names — and that more could follow suit.

As to the other three, the presiding judge has ruled that the names must be revealed.

It’s likely that all 22 plaintiffs eventually will be required to disclose their names. The question is whether they will choose to proceed with their names known, or whether they will opt to try to settle while their identities remain secret.

25 responses to “More unnamed plaintiffs suing Deshaun Watson must reveal their identities

  1. I hate that this will cause harassment from some insane Deshaun fans. But no person should be forced to defend him/herself against anonymous accusers. I support this.

  2. Good. Now they can start vetting the truth. Hiding behind anonymity is an internet troll’s trick. In public accusations of this nature, Watson has a right to face his accusers. This trial-by-Twitter stuff needs to stop. Let the court figure this out.

  3. Why? So the public can look them up and harass them further? Keep it out of the media and let these women have peace. They’ve already suffered enough.

  4. I understand why these women would want anonymity. I also get why they should have to provide their names.

  5. During the second Friday hearing, Hardin argued on behalf of Watson that Buzbee has been trying the case publicly…
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    Yes, he has. And Watson has a right to defend himself. This kind of public defamation shouldn’t be allowed. It’s not fair to the accuser or the accused.

  6. I mean would you really wanna be sued by someone and not knowing who they are I mean I belive in rape shield laws but that don’t apply here and Harden is right Buzzbe has been trying these cases in public if he is guilty let justice be served but either way now they have ruined his reputation no matter how this turns out

  7. It’s all in the 6th Amendment. You take anything before a judge and you put it on the public record. You can’t hide. Both the accused and the accuser has a right to a fair and impartial trial. If Buzbee wanted to keep this hush, hush he never would’ve conducted the PR blitz that he did. I believe the women and I also know that in Common Law, Watson has the right to face his accusers.

  8. If Watson had agreed to a monetary settlement before any of this reached the courts, then there most likely would have been some agreement for all parties to remain silent. That kind of thing is standard. Once these women signed on to having a civil trial, any expectation of anonymity is gone. They aren’t minors.
    If any of them felt the potential for harassment was greater than they were willing to endure, then they would have dropped out of the case. This is where the rubber hits the road…do these women feel strong enough about what happened to them to go through with it knowing their names are going public?

  9. Good ruling; The main issue here is to settle out of court as should have been done at the beginning of these accusations. Both sides will benefit from an out of court settlement!

  10. There’s 2 sides to this coin but Deshaun has a right to know who’s accusing him.

  11. dabears2485 says:
    April 9, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    Good. Now they can start vetting the truth. Hiding behind anonymity is an internet troll’s trick. In public accusations of this nature, Watson has a right to face his accusers. This trial-by-Twitter stuff needs to stop. Let the court figure this out.

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    Maybe one of the smartest comments I have read about this whole ordeal.

  12. Of course the court should reveal the names. There might be a few people that recognize these names and have something to share.

  13. I have found I think two ways about this if I try to put myself in others shoes, bare with me.
    If I had a daughter or a sister, I do not, I think I would feel strongly that while obviously the accused must be able to know the identity of his accuser to defend himself. As I would want to know also if it were me objectionably. That there should be anonymity maintained outside of court so I guess a gag order on names used in media. I think being the victim of a presumed event should come with more protections.
    If I was accused, I think I’d probably be asking for the names out in the public eye if I was innocent and wanted to shout it from the rooftop I didn’t do this. These blank people are lying. But that’s also an emotional reaction.
    In the end my feeling I think is that in such a public case, fans and a populus could make life very difficult on someone I’m not sure this feels completely right, but innocence can’t be just thrown out for the accused either.
    I hope we don’t see any harassment from the public on this in either direction. Roller coaster reached the top and seems to be moving downhill so I think just hold on and let’s see where this goes in the courts of law not PR and and the public court it’s been in to this point.

  14. Destroying lives and careers with anonymous accusations and trial by social media is so America in the 20’s. Our brand new pure democracy at work.

  15. Those who will not reveal their names have no bargaining power. They will be forced to drop their cases if they refuse. Without a lawsuit, there is no reason why Watson should settle with those who are anonymous. He is not settling with those who reveal their names either. He is claiming that the sex were consential and so they were having sex with him because they were horny or because they got paid.

  16. promickey says:
    April 9, 2021 at 1:59 pm
    Good ruling; The main issue here is to settle out of court as should have been done at the beginning of these accusations. Both sides will benefit from an out of court settlement!
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    If I were to accuse you of something you didn’t do, then you’d settle out of court and pay me?

  17. It blows my mind that rich guys like Watson and Robert Kraft do this. What should be discussed is decriminalizing prostitution so these guys can see a consensual capitalist adult female without fear or being arrested for it.

  18. The law of averages makes doesn’t work. I know that 2 have gone to the police after much discussion, but Watson doesn’t have enough hours in the day to play football and do all of these alleged assaults!

    This feels like a major grift and he wasn’t going to be the only player targeted. The #s, the anonymity and lack of spontaneous filing of a criminal complaint by these many accusers just doesn’t pass the logic test!

  19. I believe the only assault that occurred was the assault on an innocent man’s reputation. I think sexual assault should be severely punished, even if you’re the president. I have no sympathy for rapists. But if a man is falsely accused, I think that should be automatic 20 years in prison.

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