Ashley Solis Bio, Wiki
Ashley Solis is a 32-year-old licensed massage therapist since at least February 2018, state records show. She is among the 22 women who have a sexual assault and harassment lawsuit against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on Tuesday, April 6th
Solis did not take questions at the news conference and declined further comment over the phone. She has been a licensed massage therapist since at least February 2018, state records show. About a week after the first lawsuit was filed, Solis penned an Instagram post that said she was “taking a break from social media for mental health.”
Within minutes of Solis going public with her accusation against Watson, several users began leaving comments on her social media profile that criticized her business and defended the quarterback. One user said, “My boy Deshaun did nothing,” while another said, “I really hope you’re not lying. That’s the lowest thing a human being can do.”
Ashley Solis News Conference
At a news conference in attorney Tony Buzbee’s downtown high rise office, licensed massage therapist Ashley Solis shared her experience as a woman who is now struggling in her profession in the aftermath of the alleged assault. Buzbee then distributed pages of documents showing messages that he claims Watson sent to some of his clients, and his associates named a second woman who filed one of the lawsuits.
Ashley Solis is the first woman to come forward publicly to accuse Deshaun Watson of sexual assault'
"I am survivor of assault and harassment, Deshaun Watson is my assaulter and my harasser, he assaulted me at my home doing what I love most, massage therapy" pic.twitter.com/oA8luucYNk
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 6, 2021
Solis said she now has difficulty touching patients without shaking, and on several occasions, she has had to end sessions early. Her father was once a “die-hard” Texans fan but can no longer say Watson’s name without turning red, she said.
“We were all deceived into thinking that Deshaun Watson was a great guy,” Solis said. “Unfortunately we know those good guys can do terrible things.”
Experts at the news conference described why sexual assault survivors often hesitate to come forward and choose to pursue justice through civil court.
In delayed outcry cases, survivors are usually holding back on reporting because they are scared of their own self-blame as well as retaliation from the public or even loved ones, said Rachel Fischer, a forensic nurse, and legal consultant.
Watson’s attorney Statement
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, did not let the press conference go unanswered. He released a lengthy statement, claiming Buzbee sought $100,000 to settle Solis’ allegations just one month before he filed her suit.
“Mr. Buzbee himself repeatedly claimed that the litigation he filed on behalf of other Jane Does ‘isn’t about money,’” Hardin said. “In fact, according to the documentation below, Mr. Buzbee sought $100,000 in hush money.”
He said separately that Buzbee has not turned over any of the documents he shared with the media. Hardin has previously criticized Buzbee for failing to give him the names of his clients, which he says prevents him from investigating the claims.
The quarterback is seeking an exit from the Texans, has denied the allegations. Noting that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Buzbee on Tuesday sat flanked by female attorneys, experts, and a sex trafficking survivor whom he invited to speak. He later declined to answer questions related to whether trafficking was involved in Watson’s cases.
Buzbee recalled how Solis came to him a few months ago, prompting him to at first discourage her from coming forward because he knew there would be a public reaction. But after he filed the lawsuit on March 16, another 21 women approached him with cases, he said, and his team has turned away five others because he couldn’t substantiate their claims.
Ashley Solis Sexual Harassment Allegation
Solis said Watson assaulted and harassed her at a session on March 30, 2020, at her Houston home. In her lawsuit, she said Watson repeatedly asked her to focus on his groin area and at one point exposed his fully erect penis to her, touching her hand with it. She immediately ended the massage and was “shocked and mortified” by Watson’s behavior, she said in the litigation.
The suit claims Watson responded to the woman’s cries by telling 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.’”
Two of the women who filed lawsuits, including Solis, have recently reported their alleged assaults to the Houston Police Department without Buzbee’s intervention, he said. Houston police on Friday said they received one report and were opening an investigation, had no update on Tuesday.