Last week, we reported that Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assaulting a Dr. Vanessa Tyson, who he met at the Democratic National Convention. As we reported earlier, Dr. Tyson alleged that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
Since then, another woman has come forward with additional accusations against Fairfax. According to the Huffington Post, Meredith Watson accused Fairfax of raping her when the two were classmates at Duke University in 2000. Watson also claims that she was raped by a former Duke turned NBA basketball player named Corey Maggette a few years earlier. Watson’s lawyer said that her client was raped by Maggette during her sophomore year and that a dean at the university discouraged her from pursuing the claim of rape any further.
According to ESPN, Maggette played for Duke University for one year before he went to the NBA. He retired from the league in 2013 and is now a sports analyst for Fox Sports. They are also conducting an investigation.
Fairfax and Maggette have denied the allegations.
But his law firm, Morrison & Foerster has placed him on leave as there is an external investigation being conducted.
The law firm released this statement.
“The firm has retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, Justin Fairfax has taken a leave of absence from Morrison & Foerster,” Larren Nashelsky, the firm’s chair, said in the statement. “Justin has agreed to cooperate with the firm’s investigation. We take the allegations against Justin very seriously. As a firm, we believe that it is important to seriously listen to any allegation of sexual assault or harassment, and to treat all persons making such allegations with respect and sensitivity.”
Virginia’s legislature is part time and convenes from January – March. So many politicians keep all time jobs outside of the Capitol. This is the situation for Fairfax who continued to work at Morrison & Foerster.
Since this second woman has come forward, Democrats on both the state and national level have been asking that Fairfax resign.
Huffington Post reports that Dr. Tyson’s attorney said she is prepared to testify at Fairfax’s impeachment proceedings, should they arise. One Democrat has already proposed Fairfax’s impeachment but later said that “additional conversations need to take place” first.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as the story unfolds.