It is being reported that a second accuser has now come forward with allegations against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax.
The allegations, which surfaced on Friday from Meredith Watson, come days after he was first accused of sexual assault by Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
From BizPac Review:
If you were to ask a professional psychic, he or should would likely predict that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s previously nascent career in politics is now officially toast.
Why? Because only days after a highly respected Scripps College professor and Stanford University fellow released a statement detailing the way Fairfax had allegedly sexually assaulted her 15 years ago, another woman came forth to issue a similar accusation against the embattled Democrat.
But instead of acknowledging these accusations and noting that both accusers deserve to be heard, the lieutenant governor accused the women of running a “vicious and coordinated smear campaign.”
“What ever happened to #BelieveAllWomen?” BizPac Review added.
As WTOP’s Max Smith reports, former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said the allegations against the lieutenant governor are “serious and credible.” He called for Fairfax’s resignation.
Fairfax has since denied the allegations, as WTOP reports, saying: “I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever.”
According to Smith, Fairfax will soon be facing articles of impeachment:
Here’s more from WTOP:
In another statement released later Friday night, Watson’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, pushed back on what she claimed were Fairfax’s attempts to discredit Watson, detailing a past exchange between Watson and Fairfax.
Smith said in an earlier statement that Watson and Fairfax were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship.
Watson had shared her account of the rape in a series of emails and Facebook messages to friends, her lawyer said, and former classmates can also corroborate that Watson immediately told them Fairfax had raped her around the time it happened.
“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,” the earlier statement said. “She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life.”
Watson is not seeking financial damages but hopes Fairfax resigns from public office, her lawyer said. The statement added that details of Watson’s attack mirrored those described by California college professor Vanessa Tyson, who first publicly accused Fairfax of sexual assault.
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In a statement Friday night, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus called for Fairfax to step down and said, in part:
“While we believe that anyone accused of such a grievous and harmful act must receive the due process prescribed by the constitution, we can’t see it in the best interest of the commonwealth of Virginia for the lieutenant governor to remain in his role.”
The state House and Senate Democrats’ statement read:
“Due to the serious nature of these allegations, we believe Lt. Gov. Fairfax can no longer fulfill his duties to the commonwealth. He needs to address this as a private citizen. The time has come for him to step down.”
Several Democrats representing Virginia in the House, which include Reps. Jennifer Wexton, Abigail Spanberger, Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Elaine Luria, released a joint statement saying Fairfax should step down:
“The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia presides over the Virginia Senate and must be prepared to fill the role of governor. It is unacceptable that either of these weighty responsibilities be entrusted to someone who has engaged in the behavior described by Dr. Tyson and Meredith Watson, particularly in light of Gov. Northam’s situation, which we continue to believe requires his resignation.”