First woman to file sex assault lawsuit against Deshaun Watson speaks publicly

Ashley Solis spoke to the media about filing a lawsuit against the quarterback.


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Houston attorney Tony Buzbee introduced the first woman to file a lawsuit against Deshaun Watson at a news conference Tuesday.

Ashley Solis spoke to the media about filing the lawsuit against the Texans quarterback, which involved Watson exposing himself to the massage therapist and moving his body in a way that made his penis touch her hands. According to the suit, she ended the March 2020 session at her home and began to cry and Watson told her, "I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate for someone to mess with yours, just like I don't want anyone messing with mine."

On Tuesday, Solis put her name to the lawsuit, which was the first of the so-far 22 suits filed against Watson.

"It's taken me a long time to get to this point to come out publicly and speak my truth," Solis said. "I know a lot of people wondered who I was or if I even existed. I'm not afraid anymore, I'm here to take back the power and take control."

Buzbee, who called Solis a "pioneer" and a "very brave person", said Solis also has talked to the police about the incident but is not the woman who formally filed a police report last week. The Houston Police Department is investigating a criminal complaint against Watson.

"We were all deceived into thinking Deshaun Watson is a good guy," Solis said. "We can all be fooled into thinking good guys can't do terrible things."

Solis, who is a licensed massage therapist, says she has trouble continuing with her job.

"I can no longer practice the profession I love the most without shaking during a session," Solis said.

Laura Baxley, an 11-year massage therapist, didn't appear at the press conference, but also is one of the women who has filed suit against Watson. Upon recommendation of her therapist, Baxley wrote an open letter to Watson, which was read to the media Tuesday.

"How can such a good man do such good things and with frequency and total disregard for his victims?" the letter from the 11-year massage therapist read. "You are not a good man."

At the press conference, Buzbee also handed out screenshots of Instagram direct messages between Watson and one of the women filing suit.