Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has reportedly made five- and six-figure settlement offers to a number of the 22 women who have sued him for sexual misconduct over the last year.
The Daily Beast published one $100,000 offer, which stipulates that Watson ‘enters into this Agreement to buy peace and denies the Releasing Party’s allegations.’
The confidential agreement also demands that the accuser agree to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice ‘within 24 hours of the Execution Date,’ comply with a non-disparagement clause that bars them from criticizing Watson publicly, and forbids them from disclosing the amount of the settlement.
The recipient of the offer published by the Daily Beast reportedly declined.
Neither Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin nor Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the 22 accusers, immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
The recipient of the published settlement offer was not identified by the Daily Beast, although several other Watson accusers have spoken out publicly, saying they’ve suffered post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety since their encounters with the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
The plaintiffs, most of who work as massage therapists or in other similar professions, filed separate lawsuits as Jane Does in the spring of 2021, claiming that Watson exposed himself, attempted to coerce them into sex, and in some cases, touched them with his penis during private sessions.
Two of the women also sued for sexual assault, claiming Watson forced them to perform oral sex on him.
Watson has been benched this season due to what the team described as a ‘non-injury reasons/personal matter,’ leaving the Texans without a reliable quarterback in 2021. Consequently, Houston finished 4-13 and head coach David Culley was fired Thursday after just one year at the helm.
Other teams have reportedly expressed interest in Watson, including the Miami Dolphins.