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Houston police announce investigation into Deshaun Watson after receiving complaint

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The Houston Police Department has begun wading into the Deshaun Watson scandal.

The department announced through its Twitter account on Friday that it is conducting an investigation after receiving a report from a complainant regarding the Houston Texans star. The police declined to reveal the nature of the report or scope of their investigation.

Watson's camp was quick to respond to the news, with attorney Rusty Hardin saying they welcome the development and will cooperate with the investigation. 

Watson is currently facing 22 civil suits filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee on behalf of a group of massage therapists, with allegations ranging from inappropriate sexual behavior to sexual assault. 

Buzbee later released a statement saying he was not involved in the criminal complaint filed Friday. He did however indicate that more complaints will follow, and that he had filed his 22nd civil case the same day.

Buzbee had publicly waffled on turning over information to the police, first saying he would then announcing he would not while citing concerns about the impartiality of the Houston Police Department. Buzbee said he had previously made critical comments about outgoing police chief Art Acevedo and noted that Hardin has a son on the Houston PD command staff.

Acevedo has previously said the department is ready to investigate the allegations against Watson while calling Buzbee's concerns "baseless assertions."

Hardin has also criticized Buzbee's handling of the police, saying Watson is ready to cooperate with police. 

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