Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said that if the Houston Police Department or Harris County District Attorney proceeded to investigate the current civil lawsuit against Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct, the Houston Texan quarterback would be able to cooperate with the authorities.
The statement was announced by Harding on Thursday. The lawyer who had previously filed a civil lawsuit against 21 women withdrew the lawsuit earlier this week and announced that he would not hand over the information to the Houston Police Department.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, an attorney representing the victims of the Litigation Center, now says that he is upset about handing over information to HPD because of his criticism of the outgoing police chief Art Acevedo in the past. Boozby had previously stated that he would hand over the intelligence to the Houston authorities and tried to pretend to be a jury to weigh potential charges against Watson.
Boozby’s change of course and explanation caused Acevedo’s anger. He tweeted that any concerns about Boozby’s HPD were “unfounded.” Ah, who left Houston to take over as the chief of the Miami police. Sevedo added: “We are standing ready to investigate all allegations.”
If Acevedo’s invitation was not enough to motivate Buzbee to continue his previous statement, Hardin took further action on Thursday, essentially implying that Buzbee refused to hand over the information to the police because it would ultimately invalidate the lawsuit he filed against Watson. Harding added that if any investigations are launched, Watson will cooperate.
The full text of Harding’s statement:
“Since March 19, Mr. Tony Buzbee has repeatedly promised to submit evidence to the Houston Police Department in support of his anonymous client’s complaint against Deshaun Watson. So far, he has not done so. Now. In response to media inquiries, Mr. Bouzby completely gave up his promise. In his words, he would “go to other places to provide evidence for the investigative authorities.”
“His excuse for not being able to enforce the law recently is also his most indifferent. As I have known for many years, anyone dealing with HPD, Mr. Bouzby’s suggestion is that the Department of Defense will ignore legality based on a police officer’s family contacts Complaints, this is absurd. It also insults HPD’s dedicated professionals and common sense. Mr. Buzbee claimed to be worried about the locality of HPD, which is the same as his previous complaint to the Department of Defense in its recent mayoral campaign against the house burglary. The response is appreciated. Please refer to Chart 1 below.
“I respectfully suggest that Mr. Bouzby’s failure to enforce the law did not stem from some baseless fear that HPD would not conduct a fair investigation. Instead, it is understood that his anonymous allegation march was not immune to training. The authenticity of the allegations must be proved by a rigorous inquiry or sworn by a well-qualified investigator.
“As far as we are concerned, we will continue to learn about these cases in any way possible. We and Deshaun will always be open to any law enforcement or regulatory agency that wishes to cooperate with us.
“Obviously, Mr. Boothby is unwilling to do this.”
As of Thursday night, Bouzby has not responded to Harding’s statement.
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