Justin Fairfax faces another accusation

In what has been a whirlwind week for Virginia politics, yet another accuser of sexual assault has emerged against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Meredith Watson, who was a student with Fairfax at Duke University, claims through her attorney that Fairfax raped her in 2000 while they were students.

Earlier this week, Fairfax was accused by Dr. Vanessa Tyson of an assault at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston where she was forced to perform oral sex in a hotel room. Fairfax denies the allegation and says the encounter was consensual.

The National Organization for Women has already called upon Fairfax to resign.

Fairfax should have listened to them.

Each incident involving Gov. Ralph Northam, Fairfax, and Atty. Gen. Herring must be viewed separately – and with consistency. We have called upon others to resign for less.

In the case of Fairfax, he is facing increasing evidence that he is not fit for office.

“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 attach 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 believe that those seeking or serving public office should be of the highest character. She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has great 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

Update (6:40 pm):

Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover), Senate Republican Caucus Co-Chairman Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham), and Senate Majority Whip William M. Stanley, Jr. (R-Franklin) tonight issued the following statement concerning Lieutenant Governor Justin E. Fairfax (D)

“For the second time this week, Lieutenant Governor Fairfax has been accused of actions that, if true, constitute major felonies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are shocked and dismayed by these credible and serious allegations. These accusations necessitate comprehensive, thorough, and immediate investigations by law enforcement authorities in Massachusetts and North Carolina.”