During the press conference, she alleged that on March 30, 2020, Watson assaulted and harassed her “in my own home, doing what I love most, massage therapy,” she said. “I was afraid. I’m not afraid anymore. Deshaun Watson assaulted and harassed me.”
A few hours after her press conference, Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, responded. In his statement, Hardin claimed Solis and Buzbee sought $100,000 in “hush money” to settle allegations before the lawsuit began.
“‘My clients demain is $100,000,’ Buzbee associate Cornelia Branfield-Harvery wrote in a February 9, 2021 email on behalf of Ms. Solis,” Hardin wrote in the statement. “Ms. Branfield-Harvey followed up with a clarification of the $100,000 demand later that same day. ‘This offer remains open until Friday of this week.’ Mr. Buzbee is copied on all of the emails.”
Deshaun Watson's attorney Rusty Hardin has released a statement regarding today's press conference, saying in part that Ashley Solis (original plaintiff) and Tony Buzbee sought $100,000 in hush money to quietly settle the allegations the month before he filed the first lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/C1YESdhEXL
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 6, 2021
More than 20 women have now filed civil cases against Watson alleging sexual misconduct. A total 22 women filed a case against Watson, including two more who have filed charges with the police.
Earlier this week, the Houston Texans sent a letter to season ticket holders addressing the complaints against Watson.
The NFL announced it is aware of the situation and conducting its own investigation of the star quarterback’s conduct.