The case of Deshaun Watson just got deeper as two of his accusers gave their first national TV interviews. Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes, who have accused Watson of sexual misconduct, shared parts of their story on the latest episode of “Real Sports” this week.
The two women detail the alleged abuse they suffered while reacting to what they feel is a reward in the form of a massive record-breaking $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.
The episode comes during the week that Watson participated in his first offseason workout program (organized team activities).
“As I’m working, he deliberately grabs himself and put his penis on my hand,” Ashley Solis said to segment host Soledad O’Brien. “And I pulled my hand away instantly, and I started crying. And I told him that I’m done. I don’t want to do this anymore.
“He just said I know you have a career to protect and I know you don’t want anyone messing with it just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine. That’s when I got really scared because that sounded like a threat to me.”
Solis was the first to file a lawsuit and a criminal complaint with the Houston police, which she did last March. However, to her surprise, 21 other women followed suit.
“I still can’t believe that,” Solis continued. “I just feel sad that anybody had to feel the way I did when I was in that room because it’s so scary.
The episode describes Watson as having a penchant for private massages multiple times a week, over 100 a year, with female massage therapists around the Houston area that he found on Instagram.
“I went to pick up the towel, and he instructed me to leave it on the floor, and at that point, he’s fully erect, and his penis is exposed,” second accuser Kyla Hayes said to O’Brien. “He wanted me to kind of make a V motion in his pelvis area so go across his stomach to his thighs back to his stomach.
“I just kept massaging and did what he asked until his penis kept touching me repeatedly as I did it. He was moving his penis back and forth as my hands moved as well.”
“It Was Intentional”
O’Brien followed the account with a question, “it allowed him to, kind of, put his penis onto your hands?
“Exactly,” Hayes said stoically.
“And you thought that was intentional?” O’Brien continued.
Hayes responded, “it was intentional,” with O’Brien following up with, “so how did it end?”
“At some point, he did ejaculate that was mortifying, embarrassing, and disgusting,” Hayes said.
Watson denied the accounts of all 22 plaintiffs. The Harris County grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges in the cases of ten women. Watson’s legal team also presented proof that some of the women stayed in contact with Watson through text messages, and seven of the accusers had follow-up appointments.
“I wasn’t sure what he was capable of; he could have physically assaulted me, ” Hayes said. “He could have bashed my business, so I had to protect myself and my business the best way I saw fit. Did I ever see him again after that? No. Did I give him the runaround? Yes.”
Watson’s accusers have felt that both the justice system, the NFL, and the Cleveland Browns do not care about what they went through.
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A New Day In Cleveland
They also disdained the claims by Browns ownership that “we put more time, more thought, more effort, talked to more people, did more research on this decision by far than any other decision we’ve made with the Cleveland Browns,” as owners Jimmy and Dee Haslem said via virtual press conference.
All 22 accusers say the Browns never contacted them. The Browns said legal counsel advised them not to contact the women. However, in a statement to Real Sports, the Browns said they hired independent investigators “who provided critical details” that led them to make a deal for Watson.