‘I will not resign’: Lt. Gov. Fairfax denies 2nd allegation of sexual assault


UPDATE: Calls continue to come in for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign following a second allegation of sexual assault. 

The latest call happened this evening from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. 

This comes after calls for resignation were heard from Virginia House and Senate Democrats in an earlier statement this afternoon. 


A second woman has come forward accusing Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. 

Lawyers for Meredith Watson released a statement saying she was raped by Fairfax white the two of them were students at Duke University in 2000.  

According to the statement, “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.”

Watson’s statement calls for Lt. Gov. Fairfax’s resignation,”On behalf of our client, we have notified Justin Fairfax through his attorneys that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office.” 

According to WAVY Fairfax responded by denying what he calls an “unsubstantiated allegation” by Watson, and said he would not resign. 

“I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever. 

I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth. 

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.”

This new allegation comes just days after Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexual assault while they both worked at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. 

Tyson said in her statement what began as kissing turned into sexual assault. 

Fairfax has denied Tyson’s allegations.   

On Friday, former governor Terry McAulliffe called for Fairfax to resign. 

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