CLEVELAND, Ohio — Rusty Hardin, attorney for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, asked a judge to push the 22 women accusing the player of sexual misconduct to release their medical records after he said he suffered emotional distress after their meeting with Watson, reports USA Today.
So far, only four of the 22 have produced medical records, according to the newspaper, and none have produced a full set of records.
Watson has not been criminally charged for the incidents, but faces 22 civil lawsuits that accuse him of sexual misconduct with massage therapists. The incidents occurred from early 2020 to March 2021, USA Today reported.
“It’s time to let the civil trial proceed at a normal pace and for Deshaun Watson to take his place as the quarterback of the future for the Browns,” Hardin said in a statement last month after a second major jury cleared Watson’s name. “I have full confidence that the Cleveland community will find that Deshaun Watson is not only a great quarterback, but also an incredibly decent person that they will be proud to have to represent their city.”
Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer have reached out to the Browns and Hardin via email for comment.
Watson spent four years with the Houston Texans. The Browns’ acquisition of the quarterback shook up the sports world this year. In addition to a five-year, $230 million guaranteed deal, Cleveland dropped first-round picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024, and lower-round picks in 2023 and 2024.
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