Lawsuit filed by 23rd plaintiff details three different encounters with Deshaun Watson

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On Tuesday, a 23rd lawsuit was filed against Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The complaint, a copy of which PFT has obtained and reviewed, details three different incidents involving the plaintiff, Nia Smith, and Watson.

Smith, who went public last August in a podcast appearance with her contentions against Watson, explains in the lawsuit that she previously “did not want to put herself and her family through the turmoil of a long, drawn out public lawsuit.” She also contends that the received “death threats” after he name “found its way into the public sphere.”

“She did not want to subject herself to further abuse and ugliness she has seen thrown at other victims by the Watson defense team, public relations team and Watson’s fanatics,” the document contends at page 2.

Smith “changed her mind” after seeing last week’s item on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; she claims she “was struck by the courage of the victims willing to step forward and speak, and was extremely displeased by Watson and his legal team’s mistreatment and revictimization of the Plaintiffs.”

The lawsuit contends that Smith had encounters with Watson on June 7, 2020, August 24, 2020, and in early September 2020. She claims that his “behavior grew worse during every massage.”

For the first incident, Watson allegedly asked that only the plaintiff be in the room. Watson (per the complaint) “kept demanding Plaintiff to go inside of his anus.” The complaint acknowledges that the plaintiff was not offended by the request, that she did not comply with it, and that she “decided to give Watson the benefit of the doubt as she thought that maybe he was ashamed and embarrassed of this fetish.”

For the second massage, the plaintiff contends that Watson asked her to wear a sundress. The plaintiff did not comply with the request. From the complaint: “Watson’s behavior escalated during the second session. He would try to grab Plaintiff’s buttocks and would brush up against her butt, trying to make it look like an accident. Plaintiff pushed his hand away from her. Every time she did that, Watson would say ‘What?’ Watson knew that Plaintiff was uncomfortable. He kept asking Plaintiff if she wanted his penis in her mouth. Plaintiff was feeling extremely uncomfortable by this point, but she wanted to stay professional and not cause any conflict. Watson was much bigger and much stronger, and they were alone in a room. She was deathly afraid of what he would do if she reprimanded him.”

The plaintiff did not want to do the third massage. She contends that she was pressured by her boss to do it. From the complaint, as to the third massage: “He repeatedly requested that Plaintiff have sex with him. He told Plaintiff he had a condom in his bag. He touched Plaintiff in between her legs. She had to massage him from a distance as a way to avoid his groping. When the massage was over, she decided to quit her job at the salon.”

Although the complaint includes no allegations against Smith’s supervisor or the salon, Smith contends that her boss “facilitated massages for Watson and knew Watson was attempting to have sex with them.”

It’s not entirely clear what Smith hopes to obtain in the way of financial compensation. At the top of page 3, the complaint says this: “She brings this case seeking minimum compensation, but to obtain a court finding that Watson’s conduct was wrong.” At page 11, however, the complaint says this: “Plaintiff seeks any and all damages to which she may be entitled. As stated, Plaintiff also
seeks exemplary damages to deter such conduct going forward, and to make an example of this
Defendant.”

She has every right to seek full compensation from Watson, if she can provide that he engaged in actionable misconduct. She also has apparent rights against her former supervisor and the salon at which she worked, if she chooses to pursue those rights.

Watson has denied all wrongdoing, in this case and in the other 22 pending cases.

35 responses to “Lawsuit filed by 23rd plaintiff details three different encounters with Deshaun Watson

  1. If half of this is true, it’s not suspension it goodbye NFL !! It also makes him look particularly creepy and oh The Cleveland Browns, what a mess

  2. Why do people keep saying “if it is true”? Does any really believe that the details set forth by Ms. Smith are fabricated? Does anyone really believe that all 24 women are lying?

  3. The Texans must still be shaking their heads in amazement that they found a sucker team who were not only willing to take Watson off their hands, but to give them 3, count ’em, 3, number one picks to do it! Ladies and gentlemen, the Cleveland Browns.

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    gibson45 says:
    June 1, 2022 at 12:23 pm
    Why do people keep saying “if it is true”? Does any really believe that the details set forth by Ms. Smith are fabricated? Does anyone really believe that all 24 women are lying?
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    I can absolutely, 100% guarantee you that there are people who believe Watson.

  5. What a freak. Will take some superhuman level of denial to show his face in public.

  6. I am beginning to wonder if the entire organization condones this behavior – how else to explain giving him the world’s most protective contract?

    My interest in the NFL declines with each new revelation about this degenerate’s behavior and the fact that the NFL just stands by and hopes it goes away.

  7. Lost in all of this is how Watson got to a place where he thinks this kind of absolute garbage is okay. I have to wonder what went on at Clemson- and what might still be going on.

  8. This guy is a preditor and the NFL cannot just slap his hand and say, oh your suspended 6 games then you can come back and be the big star and be on prime time and make us a ton o money. Besides this problem is between you and these women not us.

  9. Somewhere Baker Mayfield is chilling with a huge, satisfied smile on his face.

  10. What a sick creep. Way to go Browns! 230 mil guaranteed weirdo on your team.

  11. If DW were innocent, why didn’t the NFLPA make a stink that he was not playing last season?

  12. LOL at people who actually think he’s going to be kicked out of the league over civil suits. You all remember he isn’t getting charged criminally, right?

  13. Not saying I don’t believe her, but after the first confrontation, she should not have accepted a second let a third request, I mean she ultimately quit her job anyway..

  14. Even if some of these are not true I don’t think Watson plays a down this year it’s probably best for him and the league just to stay away until everything is cleared up because even if just one is true his career is probably over especially if Josh Gordon lost his career over weed….

  15. As bad as this was, not even close to Ben Roethlisberger prior to 2009. #Context Punishment/suspension for Watson yes, but he should absolutely still play in the NFL in 2022 and Browns fans will eventually be as happy as Steelers fans were when he took them to the Super Bowl within a couple years of his return.

  16. axlrush says:
    June 1, 2022 at 2:24 pm
    LOL at people who actually think he’s going to be kicked out of the league over civil suits. You all remember he isn’t getting charged criminally, right?

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    You realize he doesn’t have to be criminally charged to be kicked out of the league right?? Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. When these players start realizing this, the better.

  17. After the request that was allegedly made during the first treatment, why go back and provide service for a second and third time?

  18. $230,000,000 guaranteed. What the heck was Browns FO thinking?

    This has the potential to put the organization behind for many years to come. Just when they were starting to make progress on the field.

  19. Anyone here bother to read the court filings for Watson’s defense? Of course not. Easier to proclaim him guilty. Well, I HIGHLY SUGGEST reading it. All in the public domain. Easy to see why – like Johnny Depp – Watson wants 23 trials. Just think if Johnny Depp had not gone to court. Everyone here would believe Amber Heard and call Depp a creep and a loser who abuses women. Again, READ the court filings and stop just believing one side cause it’s easy to do so.

  20. I don’t think he’s getting “kicked out of the league.” I don’t think too many people believe that’s a possibility. But, a suspension is a foregone conclusion. It’s a question of when and how long.

  21. People believed Amber Heard, too. Y’all too quick to judge only hearing one side of the story.

  22. Should we just assume that this contract is 100% guaranteed regardless if he plays a down for the Browns? I’m guessing the team of Brown Lawyers have outs to this contract. If not, how ingenious is Watson to have the Browns pay off all of his Civil Lawsuits.

  23. gibson45 says:
    June 1, 2022 at 12:23 pm
    Why do people keep saying “if it is true”? Does any really believe that the details set forth by Ms. Smith are fabricated? Does anyone really believe that all 24 women are lying?

    I understand your question. I’ll tell you I am conflicted on the answer because TWO grand juries elected to not indict Watson. They “likely” felt they could not get a conviction because the only evidence is the testimony of the complainants. Therefore, I’ll conclude (but we’ll never really know the reasons for not indicting) the criminal process found at least 1, if not more, of the complainants to not be credible. Keep in mind, the defense cannot present its case in grand jury proceedings, so there was no shark defense attorney tearing down the complainants’ testimony.
    If the only stuff we get is what gets discussed in the news is the complainants’ versions that the criminal system already (apparently) discounted, then I don’t know what to believe.
    Watson, and all those accused or sued, are entitled to due process.

  24. For people that aren’t understanding why she did more than one massage, this was her career, and massage therapists often have to put up with having to reject unpleasant advances and things. I’m sure she would have quit if she could find somewhere that would treat her better and be better for her career. But the reality is that when a boss like hers can get a rich and famous client, they’ll be happy to abuse their employees for that cash and connections. Just quitting isn’t really a solution since she’d just end up in the same situation at another company. She seems like she took the attitude of trying to just tough it out, reject any advances from clients, and keep her career going and developing, and maybe even she could be her own boss if she develops the connections for it. At least this workplace was giving her the chance to work with celebrities instead of the average Joe. Instead, it was naturally too much for her to have to sit there with a rich creeper trying to coerce and assault her. She tolerated the first massage since it was mostly normal, but Watson escalated it each time and by the 2nd she was done but forced into it to the point that after having to reject him for the 3rd massage she quit. But her attempts to tough it out until her breaking point are what a lot of people have to do when they work a job that is a constant drain on them.

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