Meredith Watson is the second lady to accuse Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.
Watson’s attorneys launched an announcement Friday alleging that Watson was raped by Fairfax in 2000 whereas they each attended Duke College.
The attorneys say Watson shared the expertise with associates however determined to come back ahead after Fairfax denied sexually assaulting Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a California professor who accused him of bodily forcing her to carry out oral intercourse on him whereas they attended the 2004 Democratic Nationwide Conference.
The assertion known as on Fairfax to resign.
Meredith Watson: Justin Fairfax Raped Me in 2000
Nancy Erika Smith, Watson’s lawyer, issued an announcement Friday.
“We function counsel for Meredith Watson, who was raped by Justin Fairfax in 2000, whereas they had been each college students at Duke College,” the assertion stated. “Mr. Fairfax’s assault was premeditated and aggressive.”
“The 2 had been associates however by no means dated or had any romantic relationship,” it stated.
The assertion went on to say that Watson shared her account of the rape with associates in emails and Fb messages that the regulation agency has obtained. The agency additionally has statements from former classmates “corroborating that Ms. Watson instantly informed associates that Mr. Fairfax had raped her,” Smith wrote.
“Ms. Watson was upset to study that Mr. Fairfax raped at the very least one different lady after he attacked her,” the information launch continued. “The main points of Ms. Watson’s assault are just like these described by Dr. Vanessa Tyson.”
“Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming ahead out of a powerful sense of obligation and her perception that these looking for or serving in public workplace must be of the very best character,” Smith stated. “She has little interest in changing into a media character or reliving the trauma that has drastically affected her life. Equally, she is just not looking for any monetary damages.”
The assertion goes on to say that Watson hopes Fairfax will resign.
Dr. Vanessa Tyson Accused Justin Fairfax of Sexually Assaulting Her in 2004
Earlier this week, California professor Dr. Vanessa Tyson got here ahead to publicly allege that Fairfax sexually assaulted her in 2004 whereas they attended the Democratic Nationwide Conference in Boston.
Tyson informed The Washington Publish that she went with Fairfax to his room the place they began consensually kissing earlier than she says Fairfax “used his power to drive her to carry out oral intercourse.”
She stated she by no means informed anybody what occurred till she approached the Publish after Fairfax received his election.
The Publish reported that they didn’t run the story as a result of they might not corroborate it.
Fairfax denies the allegation.
“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an impressive and well-earned repute for treating individuals with dignity and respect,” his aides stated in an announcement. “He has by no means assaulted anybody — ever — in any means, form or type.”
Fairfax has not but commented on Watson’s allegations.
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