Deshaun Watson scheduled to testify in more depositions in Houston


Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is scheduled to testify in more depositions Friday in Houston, but there is otherwise no end in sight for his legal problems there after a hearing Monday in front of a Texas judge.

Watson is being sued by 22 women who accused him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in early 2020 to March 2021. On Monday, attorneys for Watson and the plaintiffs appeared in a Houston courtroom. The proceeding also was streamed online.

Watson did not attend. The judge ordered the plaintiffs to produce certain mental health records to Watson’s legal team by Friday and also tried to corral the scheduling of a sprawling set of high-profile cases that started in March 2021. Among the highlights Monday:

When will the first trial take place?

One plaintiff wanted to go to trial in July, but Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, made it clear there are several issues in the way of that, including the possibility that each trial could last six to seven weeks. That means none of these cases likely will go to trial before March under an agreement between the parties to avoid trial during football season from Aug. 1 to March 1.

Browns QB Deshaun Watson is still facing multiple lawsuits in Texas.

“I’ve pushed hard to try the first case filed before the end of the summer, in July,” plaintiffs attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement after the hearing. “Watson’s team has finally said no. If Watson wants so badly to clear his name like he claims, why not try the first case that was filed against him? We are ready to try that case and look forward to doing so.”





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