Judges Grant Motions to Publicly Identify Women Suing NFL QB Deshaun Watson

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Two Harris County District Court judges have ordered Houston attorney Tony Buzbee to re-file the civil lawsuits that allege sexual assault and harassment against quarterback Deshaun Watson with the names of the accusers made public.

In separate hearings on Friday, state district Judge Dedra Davis granted Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, a request to identify one of the 22 plaintiffs. Buzbee will have two days to re-file. A second judge made the same determination in the cases of 12 other women Friday afternoon. A third hearing is set for 4 p.m. local time for the remaining cases.

Hardin held a press conference Friday afternoon explaining why he and Watson had been silent.