Second accuser says Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax raped her in college

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks to the media in the rotunda at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. The Ivy League-educated lawyer and presiding officer in Virginia's Senate would become the state's second African-American governor should Ralph Northam resign over a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In a week of scandal, lawyers alleged on Friday that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax raped a classmate at Duke University in 2000.

The law firm representing the woman sent a letter in detail with the allegations to Virginia state lawmakers, further plunging the Commonwealth into chaos.

"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," the letter states.

"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."



About an hour later, Fairfax released a statement flatly denying the second accusation, calling it "demonstrably false."

I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth," Fairfax said. "I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide. 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 coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me. I will not resign.

The law firm representing Watson have notified Lt. Gov. Fairfax through his attorneys, in hopes that he will resign from office.

This is the second woman to accuse Lt. Gov. Fairfax of sexual assault.

This is a developing story.

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