The Original Whizzinator
- May 14, 2002
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Why I’m Refusing to Settle With NFL Star Deshaun Watson
The Cleveland Browns quarterback has settled with 23 of the 24 women who accused him of sexual misconduct. I am the lone holdout. Let me explain why.
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 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.
Sorry didn't want to start a new thread but this just came out today and I think it's imporant to get a viewpoint from someone that's actually a direct victim of this to explain why so many of us are not happy even with 11 games and 5 million dollars.