Houston spa owner testifies that Deshaun Watson paid her $5,000 because “he’s a nice person”

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The 23 lawsuits pending against Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson represent, for the most part, a contest of conflicting versions of events that transpired during massage sessions. There’s one witness, however, whose testimony potentially will support the argument that Watson had a habit of securing massages with the goal of having them become something more than massages.

Via Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, Houston spa owner Dionne Louis testified in one of the cases pending against Watson that he paid her $5,000 because “he’s a nice person.”

Schrotenboer notes that at least three of the plaintiffs worked for Louis or were associated with her. The plaintiff who filed the most recent lawsuit against Watson, Nia Smith, specifically alleged that Louis facilitated massages for Watson and knew Watson was attempting to have sex with his massage therapists.

Footnote 4 to the petition filed by Nia Smith points out that Louis invoked the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when asked about text messages she exchanged with Watson. Smith’s lawsuit includes text messages from Louis in which she says Watson gave her $5,000, and “I told you I’ll show you how to get money from men that’s my specialty.”

Reached by Schrotenboer, Louis said of Smith’s contentions, “All of that is ludicrous.” Louis also said Smith “has a pattern of doing this type of stuff.”

The potential patterns of Dionne Louis become particularly relevant to the Watson cases, since her involvement potentially can help plaintiff’s establish that Watson had a habit of arranging massages with the goal of having those massages become sexual encounters.

37 responses to “Houston spa owner testifies that Deshaun Watson paid her $5,000 because “he’s a nice person”

  1. Watson is done, but his arrogance still won’t let him see that. The guy is a predator.

  2. When the Browns come crawling back to Baker I hope he tells them to lose his number.

  3. The Browns used to be the kind of team you rooted for even if they weren’t your team.

    Never again.

  4. The NFL seriously needs to step up and make some kind of statement, if only to say they don’t know what to do yet. The continued silence is becoming absurd.

  5. If Watson goes to jail or prison,… or suspended for a year,… does Cleveland have to pay the fully guaranteed contract ?

  6. So in the same regard the fact that the owner of the “parlor” knew and so did the women providing massages. There’s a crime sure on many levels, but these women that knew of the arrangement get nothing.

  7. Lot of drama with only 1 side speaking & assumptions being made for the other side. It’s not by any means a popularity discussion for public debate but a legal case that needs to be addressed fairly. The truth is always in the evidence.

  8. No wonder none of the 23 ever called the police. This sounds like prostitution.

  9. I hope I am wrong but I think doesn’t get more than 1 year. Should be banned. If he gets off with a slap on the hand he won’t stop.

  10. I think Goodell has to put Watson on the exempt list until this issue is completed. Too many loose ends.

  11. I 100% believe now that he’s guilty and these aren’t solely money grabs.

  12. Isn’t forcible touching a crime? How does the grand jury not have hear any of this from the ADA? So many questions….

  13. And yet Josh Gordon got suspended *six* times for smoking pot. Give Watson an indefinite suspension and he can apply for reinstatement if he manages to not be a creep for a year or two.

  14. Man this stuff don’t stop does it?

    The hits keep coming this guy is a train wreck

  15. Tony Awesome

    If Watson goes to jail or prison,… or suspended for a year,… does Cleveland have to pay the fully guaranteed contract ?

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    He’s literally going to neither place.

  16. Was he asking for it because he knew they were offering it, or were they offering it because they knew he was a likely candidate for services mentioned? Sounds like both sides are culpable for something that goes on all across America every day/night. For me, the big question is; why did all these gals wait for a lawyer to get involved instead of reporting it as soon as they knew it was happening?

  17. My opinion is he looks as if he doesn’t have a clue. I don’t know if it’s fact or fiction, but read there will be a 24th law suit filed. Also read where he had offered each woman $500,000. True or not, I don’t know. If he did and it can be proved then he is guilty. Also if he offered money isn’t that considered solicitation? Against the law, at least in Kansas City.

  18. At this point the truth will not be discovered. It’s possible that everything he is accused of is true. It’s also possible that it is just a concerted effort to make a lot of money for all involved. Sadly the only solution is that it will be settled monetarily, as there’s no way of proving it one way or the other so we won’t get to see all the evidence for or against.

  19. What were the Browns thinking? This will be remembered forever no matter the outcome. Watson’s image is tainted to put it lightly. I wonder how comfortable women in the organisation will be around him. Even if he did nothing without consent, he’s still a total creep.

  20. Tony Awesome says:
    June 1, 2022 at 8:11 pm
    If Watson goes to jail or prison,… or suspended for a year,… does Cleveland have to pay the fully guaranteed contract ?
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    Two grand juries declined to indict Watson. There is no jail or prison for Watson. A civil case is what’s currently taking place. I’m sure the Browns put something in the contract to protect themselves.

  21. This will go down as the worst trade in NFL history. Watson will never see the field again, unless he buys a ticket.

  22. How many accusers accepted extra money from Watson “because he is a nice guy”? And how many of those are licensed therapists?

  23. Watson now has 24 lawsuits against him. None of the lawsuits are going to trial in 2022.

    If 12 lawsuits go to trial in 2023 and 12 in 2024, two more years in the news.
    If 8 lawsuits go to trial in 2023, 8 in 2024 and 8 in 2024, three more years in the news.
    If 6 lawsuits go to trial in 2023, 6 in 2024, 6 in 2025, and 6 in 2026, four more years in the news.

    This could take years. How does the NFL allow this situation to go on for years?

    The only thing which would be logical is to suspend Watson until all of the lawsuits are completed, either settled or by going to trial.

    Even if the lawsuits go back-to-back, two weeks for each trial, would = 48 weeks, which would not allow Watson to play for the entire 2023 season.

    The logistics of going to trial are not in Watson’s favor and at some point, a judge is going to say these cases need to go to trial.

    Watson elected to not play for the Texans last year and missed 17 games in his prime. He will miss more games in his prime due to suspension and/or due to going to trial. If the judges only allow lawsuits to go to trial during the off season, these lawsuits could/would go on for years.

    Watson is toast, and so is Cleveland!

  24. Tony Awesome says:
    June 1, 2022 at 8:11 pm
    If Watson goes to jail or prison,… or suspended for a year,… does Cleveland have to pay the fully guaranteed contract ?
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    If he gets suspended they won’t have to pay him for the time he’s suspended but the rest of the time they’ll still be on the hook for

  25. SayHelloToMyLittleFriend says:
    June 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm
    He should be in prison.
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    Did you miss the part where the grand juries refused to indict? Try to keep up.

  26. This is what happens when you don’t draft Watson or Mahomes and then pick a Gardner Minshew clone #1 overall.(I still think it’ll all work out though.Go Browns).

  27. Tony Awesome says:
    June 1, 2022 at 8:11 pm
    If Watson goes to jail or prison,… or suspended for a year,… does Cleveland have to pay the fully guaranteed contract?
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    He is not going to jail. The DAs in 2 separate counties declined to press criminal charges. Unless they find more evidence later, and decide to then file charges, jail is out of the picture.
    The current suits are civil, so it’s about suing for damages at this point.
    If the NFL suspends Watson, he does not get paid his salary. However, his salary this year is “only” about $1.0M….the rest was paid in signing bonus, which cannot be retracted.

  28. touchback6 says:
    June 1, 2022 at 7:58 pm
    The Browns used to be the kind of team you rooted for even if they weren’t your team.

    Never again.
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    I think Jimmy Haslam has now matched Snyder for worst owner in the NFL. This deal for Watson has tainted whatever “loveable losers” cred the team might have had (and not everyone felt that way). But, at the very least, Browns fans could commiserate with fans of other bad franchises.

    But this is all Haslam, just like Manziel was – “Create some excitement, sell some jerseys”. He’s a totally inept buffoon and his meddling has screwed up the only positivity Browns fans have had in many, many years.

    I know a lot of people hate Mayfield, but he was drafted by a team that had gone 1-31, and despite having multiple coaching changes, the team still got to the Divisional round of the playoffs in 2020. Why was that not good enough to take the 5th year option on Mayfield? And last year they kept him on the field when they should’ve put him on IR by week 4-5 or so.

    Blah blah blah. I just need to say it again: Jimmy Haslam is an inept buffoon who has now gone beyond mismanaging the team to also destroying the team’s reputation by opening the vault for Watson – a foolish move under the best of circumstances, but ridiculous given all the pending lawsuits against him.

  29. theghostofottograham says:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:04 am
    Was he asking for it because he knew they were offering it, or were they offering it because they knew he was a likely candidate for services mentioned? Sounds like both sides are culpable for something that goes on all across America every day/night. For me, the big question is; why did all these gals wait for a lawyer to get involved instead of reporting it as soon as they knew it was happening?

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    First. Only a few were set up through her and others. The rest he himself setup and contacted. Blaming the victim is a pretty scumbag thing to do as well. Other than that the saying NO is NO is still a thing and he seems to not understand NO. Another thing. Quite a few did report it before getting involved with a lawyer.

    The real big question is why an athlete who needs to be in top condition would keep changing message therapist going through 40 of them instead of hiring one professional considering his career. Why all of them are women considering a professional message is not sexual and is the same as visiting a Dr. None of his actions make sense unless you are a Browns fan or a predator.

    As far as the ignorant comments from people about the grand jury. Do you even know how a grand jury works? His criminal case is NOT OVER. The DA can charge him at any time and does not have to even use a grand jury. The easiest thing for the DA to do is use the evidence brought out through the civil case to charge him. If he loses any of the civil cases the DA will instantly have a stronger case to charge him with a crime.

  30. SayHelloToMyLittleFriend says:
    June 1, 2022 at 9:20 pm
    He should be in prison

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    For what….misdemeanors?

    There are no felonies here

  31. Two grand juries declined to indict Watson. There is no jail or prison for Watson. A civil case is what’s currently taking place. I’m sure the Browns put something in the contract to protect themselves.

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    While a civil case is currently the only case against him, he has not been found not guilty. A grand jury cannot find someone not guilty and another grand jury can be brought forth at any time. The DA can charge him at any time. The criminal case is not over and there is no statute of limitations on sex crimes. So basically, until he is charged and goes to court and found not guilty he can be charged. Stop acting like he is innocent because he was not indicted. In all reality it means very little.

  32. This is getting sicker and sicker. How can anyone including his teammates look this perv in the eye.

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