Since March 16, 2021, 25 lawsuits have been filed in opposition to Watson, alleging sexual assault and different inappropriate habits throughout therapeutic massage classes. Of these 25, one was dropped by the plaintiff when the decide dominated her petition needed to be amended along with her identify. The opposite 20, Buzbee mentioned, have been settled.
“We’re working via the paperwork associated to these settlements,” Buzbee mentioned in an announcement. “As soon as we’ve got finished so, these specific instances might be dismissed. The phrases and quantities of the settlements are confidential. We cannot remark additional on the settlements or these instances.”
Buzbee famous that Ashley Solis, the primary lady to file a lawsuit in opposition to Watson and the primary to talk publicly and establish herself as a plaintiff, just isn’t one of many 20 girls to settle.
“… Ashley Solis is among the heroes of this story. Her case has not settled and thus her story and that of the opposite three courageous girls will proceed. I stay up for making an attempt these instances in the end, per different docket obligations and the courtroom’s schedule,” he mentioned.
Though two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue legal costs in opposition to Watson earlier this yr, the NFL is investigating whether or not he violated its code of conduct, and the league interviewed the quarterback in particular person final month as a part of its investigation. On the league’s spring assembly, commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned that he thought the NFL was nearing the tip of its investigation however that he could not give a timeline for when a ruling may be made.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy mentioned Tuesday that, “at the moment’s growth has no influence on the collectively bargained disciplinary course of.”
Buzbee mentioned in his assertion that with out Solis’ “braveness and willingness to come back ahead, the NFL would not presently be considering self-discipline; there can be no examination of how groups may knowingly or unknowingly allow sure habits; sports activities groups would not be reviewing their personnel screening processes; and this vital story would not have dominated the sports activities headlines for greater than a yr.”
The Houston Texans traded Watson to the Browns in March in trade for a package deal that included three first-round draft picks after the primary grand jury introduced it could not indict Watson on legal costs.
Final week, Watson mentioned in a information convention that he has no regrets about any of his actions however admitted that he does remorse the influence the allegations have had on the individuals round him.
“I do perceive that I do have regrets so far as the influence that [it’s had] on the group and other people exterior of simply myself,” Watson mentioned. “And that features my household. That features this group. That features my teammates on this locker room that need to reply to those questions. That features the fan base of the Cleveland Browns. That features males, females, everybody throughout the, the world. That is one factor I do remorse is the influence that it is triggered on so many individuals. It is robust to need to take care of.”
ESPN’s Jake Trotter contributed to this report.