Rusty Hardin issues scathing response to latest lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson

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On Tuesday, a 23rd woman filed a lawsuit against Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Tuesday night, lawyer Rusty Hardin issued a statement that aggressively challenges the validity of the new claim.

“Deshaun Watson vehemently denies the allegations, just as he has since she first discussed them with members of our firm in March of last year,” Hardin said. “She repeated the allegations on social media in August and he denied them then. The only thing new about her contentions is the embellishment making them more extreme than prior versions. Deshaun’s denial remains the same.”

The 23rd plaintiff apparently contends that two of Hardin’s colleagues tried to talk her out of making claims against Watson. (We have not yet seen the new complaint.)

“The two highly respected lawyers from our firm, Letitia Quinones and Rachel Lewis, also vehemently deny there was any coercion or intimidation involved in the very cordial meeting at Vic and Anthony’s,” Hardin said. “They met her to see if she was one of Mr. Buzbee’s then still anonymous plaintiffs. At that time Mr. Buzbee refused to identify his clients. The suggestion that either of these two accomplished lawyers would have said ‘us black women must stick together’ is absurd. The interview was so congenial, she joined the lawyers for dinner afterwards.”

The new plaintiff, like the other 22, is represented by Tony Buzbee. Hardin’s team has tried to make Buzbee the focal point of their attack, accusing him of pushing these cases to enhance his social-media following and to score interviews on shows like Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

“We are aware that more than a year ago she had other lawyers representing her and they ultimately terminated the representation,” Hardin said. “This plaintiff has long had a vendetta against Deshaun since she jealously and angrily published Deshaun’s personal data on social media in November 2020. In filing her lawsuit now she was obviously not influenced by recent developments. We are not surprised Mr. Buzbee was willing to say just about anything to get more publicity. He knows the NFL continues to investigate these cases, and this is a transparent attempt to further punish the man he sees as a potential payday.”

Watson consistently has denied the accusations made by those who are suing him. Regardless, there are now 23 different women suing him. Barring settlement or dismissal, there will be 23 trials, eventually. The fact that the 23rd suit has been filed now virtually guarantees that this legal odyssey will last through 2023 and likely into 2024.

42 responses to “Rusty Hardin issues scathing response to latest lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson

  1. I’ve been wrongly accused twice by women and vindicated in court, so I know how women have that ‘he broke my heart so I have to get him’ mentality. But 23? All describing the same behavior? Steelers player gets cut for suspicion of DUI. A serial predator gets $230 million. Let the court play out yes, but wow. The Browns rolled the dice on a house-controlled table on their dime.

  2. It’s impossible for me to believe that Gooddell would let Watson play with these cases unresolved. But it’s also unfathomable to think that Watson could sit out the next season, two, or three???

  3. The Cleveland Browns. They hold hostage the quarterback who in his very short tenure played well, won a playoff game, played hurt. Heck with him. Hey there’s another quarterback with countless sexual misconduct allegations. The last we saw him he went 4-12. Let’s give him the very most guaranteed money ever in league history. The Cleveland Browns.

  4. Wow, Hardin, is it typical for your attorneys to take potential claimants against your client out to dinner? In what universe does that make your firm look better?

    I suppose they will say the dinner was “consensual”…

  5. dadsource says:

    May 31, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve been wrongly accused twice by women and vindicated in court, so I know how women have that ‘he broke my heart so I have to get him’ mentality. But 23? All describing the same behavior? Steelers player gets cut for suspicion of DUI. A serial predator gets $230 million. Let the court play out yes, but wow. The Browns rolled the dice on a house-controlled table on their dime
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    Since you brought it up…I’d like to know what happened that you consider yourself “vindicated” in court? Watson likely feels the same way when it comes to his criminal cases that hes been vindicated. I say this because you might want to re-examine those situations and see considering you had 2 instances that likely weren’t publicized that caused them to think you did something…Watson definitely seems to be scummy predator but incant honestly say you come across as any better.

  6. This guy is one sick puppy. How could the Browns be okay with making him the face of their franchise? How could Roger Goddell be okay with making him one of the faces of the National Football League?

  7. Watson shouldn’t be anywhere near a football field this season. If any of the charges stick, he shouldn’t be back ever. But knowing the Cleveland Browns, their response to this 23rd accusation will be to add more fully guaranteed money to Watson’s contract.

  8. dadsource says:
    May 31, 2022 at 8:18 pm
    I’ve been wrongly accused twice by women and vindicated in court, so I know how women have that ‘he broke my heart so I have to get him’ mentality. But 23? All describing the same behavior?
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    Ever heard of a class action lawsuit? You’ll see millions of people telling the same lie.

  9. wearewhowethoughtwewere says:
    May 31, 2022 at 8:19 pm
    It’s impossible for me to believe that Gooddell would let Watson play with these cases unresolved. But it’s also unfathomable to think that Watson could sit out the next season, two, or three???

    167Rate This

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    Goodell likely authorized the trade and gave the Browns the security which explains the arrogant and ludicrous money.

    You clearly don’t know Goodell very well. Follow the money.

  10. Curious if Team Brownie is having any buyers remorse. If management has any press conferences I’m betting they’ll be a doozy….

  11. I’m amazed that Watson hasn’t settled these cases. What is he waiting for? You can claim you’re innocent if it’s one or two accusations, but not 23. He’s guilty of something, and there’s a pretty good chance he’s going to lose a few of these cases. Why not just settle them all at once so you can focus on football instead of dividing your attention with your legal cases.

  12. When Watson lost Hopkins they did very poorly (conversely Arizona started to turn it around). It was Hopkins not Watson that carried Houston (similar to when Diggs left the Vikings for the Bills). Deshaun is not as great as the pundits make him out to be. To be honest with him the Browns won’t win that many more games then they would have with Baker. I say Deshaun adds two wins more for $230M guaranteed and a boatload of drama.

  13. How much did the Browns agree to still pay him for any season that the NFL suspends him?

  14. As an ESQ myself, I’d like to issue a scathing response to Rusty Hardin for not convincing his client to settle these cases months ago.

  15. And this doesn’t even include the women who chose not to sue him. How did this guy even have time to play football?

  16. Someone intelligently mentioned class action lawsuit. Thats exactly what this is. Outside of the two accusers interviewed by Bryant, the other cases are at best hearsay accusations of harassment. No assaults. No proof enough for two grand jury’s. No other attorneys other than Buzbee would even take any of the cases. How Watson doesn’t even get some benefit of the doubt is just sad. This would have been an absolute non-story 25 years ago.

  17. I believe Rusty Hardin as much as I believe that is His real hair. He actually gives lawyers a bad name.

  18. Watson broke the oath he swore. When he decided to roll dice with his superiors this is what happens.

  19. Said before and I will say it again, buzbee sounds and acts like a fast talking used car salesman.

  20. Haslam, berry and stefanski should all resign in disgrace. Until they along with watson are gone this long time browns fan will be rooting against them.

  21. So when does Rusty Hardin start considering the well being of his client Deshaun Watson verses his own monetary gain. The publicity in this case will cause Deshaun Watson to be suspended from the NFL longer.

  22. Sketchy lawyer gets the Hogan leg-drop in court. Now all you got is the court of Public opinion. Take the suspension. Let them work for a living. Don’t worry, the rest of you will be assigned something else to rage on soon enough, dont worry!

  23. The Browns will rip up Watson’s contract and give him 300 million guaranteed after this allegation.

  24. Let’s not forget these are civil cases, not criminal charges so stop with all the he shouldn’t play football talk. He’s getting sued not prosecuted so he’ll play because he’s a good player and NFL fans want to see good players play. He’s nobody’s role model but if he helps Cleveland win you can best believe they’ll be cheering him on the field.

  25. See the Browns fans are still backing this slime ball. Winning is all that matters to some people.

  26. Usually when your defense is to attack the other attorney rather than refute the charges … is kind of an admission of guilt.

  27. Rusty Hardin can issue all the angry denials he wants. No one believes Watson’s story, including Goodell.

    Given the cover up by Goodell of the Washington workplace harassment investigation he’s going to be under a lot of pressure to set an example here. Let’s see if he can finally get one right.

  28. kevpft says:
    May 31, 2022 at 8:36 pm
    Wow, Hardin, is it typical for your attorneys to take potential claimants against your client out to dinner? In what universe does that make your firm look better?

    I suppose they will say the dinner was “consensual”…

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    That one is easy to answer, it’s common sense. For the price of dinner (a fraction of the attorney’s hourly rate) they get to pick the brain of the accuser and gain valuable insight. Absolutely makes sense. Knowledge is power. Get all of the knowledge you can.

  29. Yep he should not play.

    The thing that blows my mind is just how bad the browns are as an organization.

    First obj’s daddy blows things up. The world is now anti Baker. It is so stupid the man was injured and should not have played.

    Should have just chalked it up to a bad injury probably not a full and total turnover the qb spot.

    The mess is theirs. The mess is what the browns made. I don’t blame the falcons for trying to get him they had no real team to blow up but the browns were close to something good that they will never see now certainly.

  30. I believe 100% that thus entire thing is nothing more than a complete attempt at a Cash Grab by Busbee, and his clients ( the women). Court system looked at all of the evidence that Busbee and his ladies presented, and concluded there was nothing worth pursuing charges against. Of course the lawyer might take the case to HBO. This is fundamental dirty lawyer tricks……if you dont have evidence to win a case, try something else ( like swaying Public Opinion). Prosecution class 101……..

  31. How Watson doesn’t even get some benefit of the doubt is just sad. This would have been an absolute non-story 25 years ago.
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    Sure would have…..and 75 years ago women couldn’t even vote. They’ve been treated like second class citizens for the entirety of history. We have come a long way but obviously not far enough. Let me ask, why would you rather give Watson the benefit of the doubt than his 23 accusers?

  32. Okay here is the best guess of anyone. When Watson got the enormous contract with Cleveland, it was too late for a nice neat NDA settlement. The problem, is what Buzbee wants, at least 4.34 million per client, 2 million for him and 2.34 million for each of his clients. That’s 100,000 million folks. Imagine you’re Watson and you have to choke that one down. That would be in the neighborhood of 44% of his Browns contact. Ouch!

  33. All that we have here is a man who has no respect for women and a big contract.

  34. Two or three, something is fishy. Twenty-three? Serial predator. If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and smells like a duck…..it’s most likely a duck.

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