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2nd Fairfax Accuser Issues New Statement

Second Justin Fairfax accuser says she'll testify at impeachment hearings

February 09, 2019 - 11:02 pm

Richmond, VA _  The second woman who accuses Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax says she would be willing to testify at any impeachment hearings.  That word comes after Fairfax called Saturday for an FBI investigations into sexual assault allevations by both Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson.  Lawyers for Watson released the following statement Saturday:

"Justin Fairfax’s latest statement re-victimizes Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson.  He claims that two women, who never spoke or met each other, but who describe very similar sexual assaults, are lying. Fairfax says both women’s claims are “unsubstantiated.” False - they corroborate each other.


Fairfax, now, for the first time admits sexual contact with Ms. Watson, but now claims that it was “consensual.” There was nothing consensual about the rape of Ms. Watson and the only post rape interaction between them consisted of Ms. Watson confronting Mr. Fairfax about the assault. We will provide at least two witnesses whom Ms. Watson told of the assault the day after Fairfax raped her.  We will also produce documentary evidence of Ms. Watson revealing to others the fact that Fairfax raped her. Fairfax says he “passed” two FBI background checks. Ms. Watson was never interviewed by the FBI, so he was “cleared” of nothing related to his rape of Ms. Watson. 


Mr. Fairfax claims to want due process, saying he seeks an FBI investigation.  But he knows as a former Prosecutor, that the FBI has no jurisdiction over this matter. Indeed, my client may contact North Carolina authorities about a possible criminal prosecution.


For real due process, not hidden from the public, we invite Mr. Fairfax to join Ms. Watson and her witnesses in testifying at an impeachment hearing.  Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old."

Fairfax, meanwhile, has reportedly hired an African-American woman and fellow Duke University alumnus from the prominent Mcguire Woods law firm to help with his defense as he continues to resist calls for his resignation.