Second woman accuses Virginia deputy governor of assault
A 2d woman has come ahead to accuse the deputy governor of scandal-plagued Virginia of sexual assault.
Meredith Watson alleges Lt Governor Justin Fairfax raped her in 2000 after they had been each scholars at Duke University in North Carolina.
Mr Fairfax, a Democrat, has denied the most recent allegation, announcing he’s the sufferer of a smear marketing campaign.
The governor of Virginia and state’s legal professional normal are in the meantime each embroiled in racism rows.
Mr Fairfax’s first accuser, Vanessa Tyson, got here ahead remaining week to allege he compelled her to accomplish oral intercourse on him in his resort room on the Democratic birthday party conference in Boston in 2004.
On Friday, a regulation company representing the second one woman, Meredith Watson, issued a remark on her behalf outlining her allegation.
She stated “Mr Fairfax’s attack was premeditated and aggressive” and the main points “are similar to those described by Dr Vanessa Tyson”.
According to Ms Watson’s criminal representatives Smith Mullin, former classmates have equipped statements corroborating Ms Watson’s allegations and declaring that she “immediately told friends that Mr Fairfax had raped her”.
She says she used to be pals with Mr Fairfax whilst they studied at Duke University, however that they by no means had a romantic courting.
Ms Watson isn’t in quest of any damages, her attorney says, however “came forward out of a strong sense of civic duty” and hopes Mr Fairfax will surrender from public place of business.
Mr Fairfax, 39, stated in a remark to US media: “I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever.”
He has demanded a complete investigation into the accusations to “clear my good name” and added that he’ll now not surrender.
“I have passed two full field background checks by the FBI and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before.”
“It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me.”
“I will not resign.”
The state’s former governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, stated on Friday that the allegations in opposition to Mr Fairfax “are serious and credible” and known as for his “immediate resignation”.
On the eve of the second one allegation, Virginia’s Democratic congressional delegation stated they had been “deeply disturbed” through Prof Tyson’s accusation, however stopped brief of calling for Mr Fairfax’s resignation.
Another Virginia Democrat, Bobby Scott, instructed US media on Thursday that Prof Tyson had over a 12 months in the past instructed him some information about the alleged assault.
Since then, two of Prof Tyson’s colleagues and several other unnamed pals have instructed the New York Times that she had relayed the incident to them within the remaining two years.
Hundreds of lecturers have additionally signed a letter in improve of Prof Tyson, in line with the Times.
Mr Fairfax has insisted his come across with Prof Tyson used to be “100% consensual”.