It is easy to say you wouldn't settle if you did nothing wrong, but that is not a wise way to approach things - especially for a multi millionaire athlete looking at 9 figures worth of income in the coming years. What you should do is a cost/benefit analysis.
From the beginning I have said that it is tough to say what Watson should do when only he knows how much evidence there really is against him.... but when this first started, Watson had to have known that there were literally dozens of women who gave him massages.... and while 18 of those women are on his side, IMHO that's still not a good look.
An old lawyer I knew once told me (and there is no way I am remembering this quote accurately, but the point remains and IMHO applies here): "When the exonerating evidence makes you look like a creep, that would be a good time to start thinking about settling..."
Who knows if he got hand jobs by these women? Maybe they went along with it. Idk. It could be a shakedown. Watson’s stupidity was getting with all these masseurs.