FBI joins investigation into Watson allegations

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HOUSTON — The allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct towards Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson are being investigated by the FBI, Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, mentioned Wednesday.

Hardin additionally mentioned that Watson spoke to the FBI about allegations of extortion concerning one of many 23 lawsuits filed towards the quarterback, of which 22 are nonetheless energetic.

“In April, the FBI got here to us and informed us they have been investigating a matter as as to if certainly one of Mr. [Tony] Buzbee’s purchasers had dedicated extortion in the way in which they have been demanding cash from Deshaun or what they’d do in the event that they did not pay it,” Hardin mentioned in a information convention.

On Friday, Buzbee, who represents the ladies suing Watson, informed the League of Justice web site that the FBI met with him to debate Watson and spoke with a number of plaintiffs.

“I do not suppose they’re investigating Deshaun,” Hardin mentioned. “What they’re investigating is the allegations Buzbee has made in his lawsuits. I did not find out about that till yesterday, after which I checked it out and it is true. They’re.”

Final month, Hardin informed ESPN’s John Barr that 10 ladies have filed complaints about Watson with the Houston Police Division. Eight of the ladies, in line with Hardin, are among the many 22 plaintiffs who’ve filed lawsuits towards Watson.

Hardin mentioned Watson has not spoken to the NFL as a part of its investigation into the lawsuits.

“The NFL frequently tries to not attain out to the defendant and his legal professionals and search proof from them till the prison investigation is over,” Hardin mentioned. “Traditionally, they need to ensure that they do not intervene with the prison investigation. I’ve had no contact with the NFL besides to name initially and say, each time the time is acceptable, we’ll totally cooperate.”

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