One Deshaun Watson sexual misconduct accuser is refusing to settle and is now speaking out in public.
On Friday, Lauren Baxley spoke with the Daily Beast and revealed that she refuses to settle with Watson because he has shown no remorse for his alleged actions.
EXCLUSIVE | Lauren Baxley explains why she rejected a settlement with Deshaun Watson.
"I am just one of dozens of women whose lives have been eternally harmed by his sexual violence. Even one more victim is outrageous."https://t.co/0T70eZagUt
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 19, 2022
My name is Lauren Baxley. I am a former massage therapist, having quit the only career I have known in May of this year.
I was forced into quitting for the sake of my health and life; I have not felt safe providing therapy since before June of 2020.
I am the remaining plaintiff against Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns quarterback who harassed and committed indecent assault against me.
I have rejected all settlement offers, in part because they have not included any sincere acknowledgment of remorse and wrongdoings, nor have they included any promises of rehabilitative treatment. Watson still refuses to admit that he harassed and committed indecent assault against me. Any settlement offer he has made has been a dismissal of his evil actions, and I know that unless there is an authoritative intervention, he will continue his destructive behavior.
Because Watson repeatedly assaulted women, the institutions and individuals who currently uphold and employ him must also be held accountable.
I am just one of dozens of women whose lives have been eternally harmed by his sexual violence. Even one more victim is outrageous.
On Thursday, while speaking to the media after his official suspension was announced Watson maintained his innocence and claims he’s done nothing wrong.
Deshaun Watson states that he will “continue to stand on his innocence” and again stated that he never has assaulted anyone or disrespected anyone. pic.twitter.com/ZaswrvbHdA
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 18, 2022
Deshaun Watson on why he accepted a settlement if he claims he’s innocent: “I’ve always been able to stand on my innocence and always said I never assaulted or disrespected anyone but at the same point I have to continue to push forward with my life and career.”
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 18, 2022