A Texas grand jury on Friday declined to indict and criminally cost Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault by a number of ladies.
“After a Harris County grand jury was presented all the evidence and had the opportunity to hear from all witnesses, grand jurors declined to indict Deshaun Watson,” Dane Schiller, spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, mentioned Friday. “Grand jury proceedings are secret by law, so no information related to their inquiry may be disclosed.”
Rusty Hardin, Watson’s legal professional, mentioned in a press release on Friday that he and his consumer have been “delighted that the grand jury has looked at the matter thoroughly and reached the same conclusion we did.”
“Deshaun Watson didn’t commit any crimes and isn’t responsible of any offenses,” Hardin said.
“Now that the legal investigations have been accomplished, we’re glad to maneuver ahead with the civil case depositions. We will vigorously defend these circumstances with each ounce we have now.”
Watson had been accused of sexual misconduct by 22 women in civil lawsuits, alleging that he improperly touched the plaintiffs, who had been hired as massage therapists and personal trainers.
All 22 of the civil plaintiffs are represented by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who said eight of his clients were slated to testify before the grand jury.
Watson, a 26-year-old native of Gainesville, Georgia and Clemson University alumnus, has been within the league since 2017. But did not play in any respect this previous season as his authorized challenges unfolded and the Texans sought to commerce their gifted QB.
He was due to sit for civil depositions on Friday, but Buzbee said the quarterback has already informed him, through attorneys, that he won’t be cooperative.
“Mr. Watson and his authorized staff have mentioned publicly again and again that Deshaun Watson is harmless and desires to clear his title,” Buzbee said, “but when he’s given the prospect to take action, he intends to refuse to reply questions and as a substitute plead the Fifth Amendment. If he had nothing to cover he ought to reply questions.”
The Associated Press contributed.