Fairfax accuser spoke of being raped in 2017 private messages

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while at Duke University discussed the alleged assault in private messages in 2017. 

A public relations firm representing Meredith Watson released screenshots of Facebook private messages between Watson and a friend. 

In a message timestamped March 17, 2017 at 1:57 p.m., Watson sent a link about Fairfax to a friend with the message “This is absolutely disgusting! This dude raped me!”

The friend then wrote:

Was it reported!? He should not be running for office

Is there something that could be said

Would you even want to say something

Watson replies by saying “You know I didn’t report it after how the university responded with I reported Corey Maggette.”

She goes on to say Fairfax “did it purpose bcuz (sic) of what Corey did and bcuz (sic) he knew I’d be too scared to do anything about (it).”

“I just don’t know what I can do,” she wrote. 

Watson’s friend suggests she do it anonymously. Watson responded by saying nothing is anonymous anymore. 

In a separate conversation, Watson confronts a friend about promoting Fairfax on Facebook. 

The message, timestamped Nov. 7, 2017, Watson wrote:

Hi (redacted), I see you’ve been promoting Justin Fairfax on FB despite knowing he raped me, which is mind-blowing to me. Are you seriously voting for him today? #METOO”

Watson said last week she was raped by a Duke basketball player while in school. The New York Times reported Monday night the accused player is Corey Maggette. 

Maggette denied the claims he raped Watson. He currently works for Fox Sports, which released a statement to CBS 17 that said: 

FOX Sports takes allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are looking into the matter. We have no further comment at this time.

On Saturday, when asked about the allegations against a player from 20 years ago, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he had only learned about the claims Friday night.

“Something like that is serious, so our schools looks at it that way. We’ll do whatever we can to make sure we answer whatever questions are posed to us,” Krzyzewski said.

Duke University also released a statement that said “We are in the process of gathering information to determine what policies and procedures were in place during the time period in which these events are alleged to have occurred and whether they were activated and followed. We are not able to provide further information or comment on any individual at this time.”

Watson has called for Fairfax to resign. 

According to Watson’s attorney, Watson says Fairfax raped her in 2000 at the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house at Duke, which Fairfax was a member of.

Alpha Phi Alpha’s national chapter issued a statement Tuesday night condemning sexual assault.

“As a national leader in advocating against sexual assault and power-based violence, Αlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. has a strong policy against said actions. The Fraternity will continue monitor this situation and support all legal investigations of this matter.”

Fairfax has denied the allegations and said he will not resign.

Nancy Erika Smith, attorney for Watson, said Fairfax’s attack on her client was “premeditated and aggressive.”

Smith said the attack described by Watson is similar to what Dr. Vanessa Tyson has described. 

Tyson has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004, CBS News reported.

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