Report: Latest Deshaun Watson Accuser Required By Judge To Disclose Her Name In Order To Continue Civil Suit

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Aug 27, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) signs autographs before the game between the Browns and the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

During a recent emergency hearing, Deshaun Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin requested that Judge Rabeea Sultan Collier force Watson’s latest accuser to disclose her name in her petition. He also asked that the Judge impose sanctions on the accuser for not providing her name to begin with.

Judge Collier granted Hardin’s request, and now the accuser is required to disclose her name if she wishes to continue pursuing her civil lawsuit against the Cleveland Browns quarterback. Hardin argued that the accuser’s approach was similar to the twenty-six cases filed by Houston Attorney Tony Buzbee, even though this accuser is represented by a different lawyer.

“You see in that red line that they simply copied Mr. Buzbee’s pleading almost in toto. And the relevance to that is that Mr. Buzbee’s case is [one of the cases] in which the court ordered him to replead and give us the name. There is no question they would not know they had to tell us the name,” Hardin argued in court.

Hardin alleges that his legal team spent approximately three days attempting to find out the accuser’s name.

“…we would like to ask for the name and we would like sanctions for making us go through this,” he said.

The accuser’s attorney agreed to provide her client’s name if a protective order was put in place.

“We’re already getting hate emails and mail from the minute this was filed and we’re concerned for her safety. And like I said, we have no problem telling him who the plaintiff is, so long as we know she’ll be safe,” the attorney said.

The alleged incident between Watson & “Jane Doe”, is described as having taken place in December 2020, according to court documents. Watson is accused of pressuring the plaintiff into performing oral sex on him during a meetup for a massage therapy session. The accuser’s attorney says they are seeking a swift and “just” ruling to the case.

Watson maintained his innocence in his written apology after the imposed eleven game suspension and fine. He denied the multitude of allegations, including more than two dozen allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him and claimed that he has done nothing wrong.

“I’ve always stood on my innocence and always said that I’ve never assaulted anyone or disrespected anyone and I will continue to stand on that. But at the same time, I have to continue to push forward with my life and my career and, for us to be able to move forward, I have to be able to take steps and put pride to the side. I’m going to continue to stand on my innocence and keep pushing forward and I’ve always stood on not disrespecting or sexually assaulting anyone.”

ESPN has more HERE.

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