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Fairfax's Second Accuser Intensely Private, Single Mother

Her lawyers say her primary goal is to support Fairfax's first accuser from his attempt to smear her.

Feb. 15, 2019, 11:04 a.m.

“The Maryland woman who has accused” Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) “of raping her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 is a single mother who values her privacy, worked for several years as a school fundraiser and had a sometime-turbulent personal life, according to friends and court records. Before going public last week as the second woman to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault, Meredith Watson, a 39-year-old from the Baltimore suburbs, took steps to maintain her privacy, including taking down her social media accounts. Her legal team, which previously represented three female Fox News employees suing host Bill O’Reilly for defamation, has declined interview requests on her behalf. … A review of court records … found that Watson has a history of financial disputes and accusations of stalking from an ex-boyfriend.”

Watson’s attorney Nancy Erika Smith: “Ms. Watson’s principal goal for coming forward at this time was to support another victim of sexual assault who was being smeared by Fairfax. Her second goal is to not have a man who is a rapist rise to hold high political office in this country.”

“Stacey Sickels Locke, who hired Watson in 2004 as a fundraiser for St. Timothy’s School, a private all-girls boarding high school in suburban Baltimore, said Watson confided in her a year into the job that she had been raped at Duke ‘by someone she had considered a friend.’ … Fairfax acknowledges he had sex with Watson while they were students at Duke, but says the encounter was consensual. He has described her accusations, as well as those of Tyson, as being part of a political smear campaign to prevent him from succeeding” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) “if he is forced to resign amid a racist photo scandal.”

“It was not the first time she was assaulted, her lawyer said. Smith said Watson was raped by Duke basketball player Corey Maggette, who she had dated briefly, when she was a sophomore in 1998. Watson at the time told a high-ranking administrator at the university about it, but was dissuaded from filing an official complaint or notifying police, the attorney said. Smith added that Watson told friends, including Fairfax, about the alleged attack by Maggette, and that Fairfax later used that information against her. In their only conversation after the alleged attack, Smith said, Watson saw Fairfax at a graduation party and asked him, ‘Why did you do this?’ ‘And he said, ‘I knew that after what happened with Corey, you would be too scared to say anything,’ Smith said.” (AP)

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