Graphic details emerged from a copy of the sexual assault lawsuit filed on Tuesday against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in Texas's Harris County. The lawsuit claims Watson assaulted the plaintiff, listed as "Jane Doe" in the case, during a massage session at her home in March Watson contacted her through Instagram via direct message for a massage. Before the massage started, the plaintiff left the room and returned to find Watson "completely naked with only a small towel covering his groin area" that she said he brought with him. In the suit, the plaintiff said she began feeling "extremely uncomfortable" within 25 minutes of the session starting due to "Watson's comments and behavior. The lawsuit says it was "apparent that Watson wanted the massage for only one reason—sex. Several times he specifically kept trying to direct her to his penis," the lawsuit says. The lawsuit claims the quarterback was "fully erect," and he "moved his body so he could expose himself more.
Texas summers get brutal, with temperatures regularly soaring above degrees…sometimes by the end of June. Most people beat the heat by living in the water. At the same time, as independent-minded as Texans can be, the law is strict about the minimum amount you can get away with wearing. Otherwise, you might be accused of committing a sex crime. Going clothes-free in public is a quick way to get slapped with an indecent exposure charge. Adults simply walking around nude in Texas are considered to be committing indecent exposure in most cases.
Deshaun Watson's attorney acknowledged in a news conference Friday that the Houston Texans quarterback did engage in sexual activity during massage sessions, but he said the encounters were consensual. The attorney, Rusty Hardin, indicated there were "sometimes consensual encounters" during Watson's massage sessions. When later asked by a reporter to clarify, Hardin said "we've never run from it" and the question "has always been about consent. Watson, 25, has been accused of sexual misconduct or assault in lawsuits filed by 22 women over the past four weeks. The women, who filed their complaints using the pseudonym "Jane Doe," have generally alleged that he exposed himself or touched them with his genitals during massage sessions. Two women have also accused him of sexual assault. Houston police are investigating at least one complaint involving Watson , and the NFL is also investigating the matter under the auspices of its personal conduct policy. Hardin said he has not heard from either entity as of Friday, and does not know how many women have filed criminal complaints involving his client. Watson, who led the NFL in passing yards last season, has broadly denied wrongdoing in his only public statement on the matter. Hardin, meanwhile, reiterated Friday that "we do not believe the allegations" and defended both Watson's character and some of his actions related to the massages.
AP — A former high school basketball coach is being investigated by the Rhode Island attorney general's office after former players came forward to say he for years asked male student-athletes to disrobe while alone with him so he could perform what he called body fat tests. Aaron Thomas, 54, had been a teacher and coach at North Kingstown High School since the s before he resigned in June, when the reports came to light. He is not facing any criminal charges. A spokesperson for state Attorney General Peter Neronha confirmed the investigation this week but could not provide details. Thomas' attorney, John MacDonald, said that the tests using skinfold calipers were done with parental consent and that his client has hundreds of signed consent forms collected over a period of several years as proof. However, the consent forms viewed by The Boston Globe make no mention of nudity, which MacDonald acknowledged. Thomas measured the adductor muscles of the inner thigh but did not touch the groin area, MacDonald said. Jennifer Lima, a member of the North Kingstown School Committee, said this week that her now-adult son recently told her that he was checked by Thomas.