Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) has now been accused of another sexual assault, this time from when he was a student at Duke University in 2000. According to a press release from New Jersey law firm Smith Mullin, P.C., Meredith Wilson, a student that attended the North Carolina college, has come forth with allegations that she was raped by Fairfax in a “premeditated and aggressive” fashion.
The development comes after Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California, publicly detailed an explicit assault from Fairfax at the 2004 Boston Democratic National Convention.
The statement says:
“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.
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.
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.”