A second woman, identified as Meredith Watson, is accusing Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault when they were undergraduate students at Duke University in 2000.
Watson’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, issued a shocking news release detailing the alleged attack, which was described as “premeditated and aggressive.”
“The two were friends, but never dated or had a romantic relationship,” the statement reads. “Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession.”
“Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her.”
“I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation,” Lt. Gov. Fairfax said in a statement. “It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever.”
Meredith Watson’s allegations come after Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexual assault when they met during the 2004 DNC convention. He claimed the accusation against him by Tyson is false and has retained the same legal counsel as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is calling for Fairfax to resign, tweeting, the allegations from the women are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.