A second woman has come forward accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.
Attorneys for Meredith Watson, who attended Duke University at the same time as Fairfax, issued a statement on her behalf requesting that Fairfax resign.
Another accuser has just come forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of raping her in college pic.twitter.com/8HSBT3rq4B
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The statement reads:
“We serve as counsel for Meredith Watson, who was raped by Justin Fairfax in 2000, while they were both students at Duke University. Mr. Fairfax’s attack was premeditated and aggressive. The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship.
“Mrs. 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.
“Ms. Watson was upset to learn that Mr. Fairfax raped at least one other woman after he attacked her. The details of Ms. Watson’s attack are similar to those described by Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
“At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character. She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages.
“On behalf of our client, we have notified Justin Fairfax through his attorneys that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office.
“Nancy Erika Smith, Attorney for Meredith Watson.”
This statement is damning. The accuser went on the record with her name, told friends contemporaneously, there are independent corroborating statements, and the accuser is not seeking money or fame.
Time’s up, Fairfax.
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