FIRST LOOK: Second Fairfax Rape Accuser, Duke Classmate Meredith Watson
A second woman steps forward today accusing already embattled Virginia Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax of raping her while the two were students at Duke University in the year 2000. Watson and Dr. Vanessa Tyson both allege non-consensual sexual encounters with Fairfax, who defiantly issued a statement today saying he will never resign his office.
With Virginia Governor Ralph Northam mired in a widening racial scandal of his own regarding medical school yearbook photos showing him reportedly wearing a KKK hood and robe, Virginia Democrat leaders and the nation’s most powerful Democrats have united in calls for Northam to step down, or face impeachment. No sooner had the yearbook scandal broken when Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax found himself embroiled in a sex assault scandal of his own involving Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a woman who alleges Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
A 2001 Duke University yearbook photo of Meredith Watson. The second woman to accuse Virginia Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax of sexual assault as the embattled Virginia leadership picture continues to darken and blur.
Today, Fairfax Duke classmate, Meredith Watson, alleges Fairfax raped her when they were students at Duke University and described the attack as “premeditated and aggressive.” In a statement from her lawyer, Meredith Watson claims she was raped by Fairfax, who is next in line to become governor, in 2000.
“The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship,” the statement said.
In a published statement, Lt. Governor Fairfax denied the accusation and declared: “I will not resign.”
“I have never forced myself on anyone, ever. I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations,” he said. “It is obvious that a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me.”
While the letter provides little other information about the alleged rape, it says the details are “similar” to those outlined in Tyson’s public statement describing her attack. Tyson claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, forcing her to perform oral sex in his hotel room. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.