Deshaun Watson settles with all but four of the 24 women who sued him

Cleveland Brown quarterback Deshaun Watson has reached a confidential settlement with all but four of the 24 women who sued him and accused him of sexual abuse during massage sessions in 2020 and early 2021, the women’s lawyer said Tuesday.

The settlement ends the women’s lawsuits against him almost 15 months after most were brought in 2021.

“Today I announce that all cases against Deshaun Watson, with the exception of four, have been settled,” said plaintiff’s attorney Tony Buzbee in a statement. “We are working through the papers related to these settlements. Once we have done that, the special cases will be dropped. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We will not comment further on the settlements or those cases. “

Settling the cases allows Watson to move on from most of the trial after it generated regular ugly headlines about him, at least somewhat devastating to his recent arrival at Cleveland as the Browns’ new $ 230 million quarterback. Deciding the cases also helps him avoid several days of testimony that was planned for him this week. These provisions do not go any further.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in May that the investigation into the charges against Watson was coming to an end, but it is not clear what the league knew about two new lawsuits against Watson this year or information that came out of recent discovery before the trial.

“Today’s developments have no impact on the collective disciplinary process,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, declined to comment on Tuesday when contacted by USA TODAY Sports.

Hardin had said the women lied and that Buzbee viewed Watson as a “payday” after the women accused Watson of inappropriate behavior, including exposing himself, causing her genitals to touch them and in some cases, forced sex.