Six women walked into a courtroom Thursday accompanied by the legal team that has filed civil suit against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct on the behalf of 22 plaintiffs.
Tony Buzbee, attorney for the plaintiffs, previously told media outlets that he expected 12 of the 22 women to appear at the status conference after hearing defense attorney Rusty Hardin question their allegations of Watson committing sexual harassment and sexual assault under the guise of a massage. Of the six women who showed up, the identity of one already was known.
“They are here because they’ve been called liars,” Buzbee said. “And they’re not liars.”
Hardin reportedly argued that he cannot identify four of Watson’s accusers because they have common names and asked a judge to compel Buzbee to reveal the last three digits of driver’s license and social security numbers to narrow the scope. Hardin claimed that identification is in accordance with the law, while Buzbee, according to Fox26 Houston, countered that it is unheard of to provide such personal information.