More information emerges on Fairfax’s second accuser

Free Press wire reports | 2/15/2019, 6 a.m.
Information about Meredith Watson, who alleged Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax raped her in college almost 20 years ago, has surfaced ...

Information about Meredith Watson, who alleged Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax raped her in college almost 20 years ago, has surfaced in multiple reliable media reports.

POLITICO reported Tuesday that Maryland court records show Ms. Watson was accused of harassing and threatening a man in 2008 she had a relationship with. The man sought and received a peace order against Ms. Watson in July 2008, the records show.

A peace order falls under the “umbrella term” of a restraining order in the state of Maryland, according to state legal experts. It is applied to situations in which a person may need to ask for distance from someone who isn’t their spouse or live-in partner.

In the petition seeking the order, which POLITICO obtained, the man described an incident in which Ms. Watson “was detaining me against my will ... [and] not letting me leave” a vacation house in Corolla, N.C., and “dented the trunk” of his vehicle with her fist. In another instance, Ms. Watson showed up at his house stating “she was going to kill herself” and sent “threatening text messages” to the man, who had his sister come over to persuade her to leave, according to the document.

Ms. Watson’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, said the order granted was a seven-day court order and that Ms. Watson “was not in the courtroom and did not know about the proceedings or have an opportunity to be heard” when it was issued. The man “abandoned the effort after hearing from Ms. Watson’s lawyer,” Ms. Smith said.

The dispute between the two centered around $2,000 that was owed to Ms. Watson and was resolved, Ms. Smith said, with the man agreeing to pay Ms. Watson.

Ms. Watson, 39, is one of two women who have accused Lt. Gov. Fairfax of sexual assault, leading to calls for his resignation from state and national Democrats. She came forward last week to say that Lt. Gov. Fairfax had raped her in 2000 while they both attended Duke University.

Lt. Gov. Fairfax has denied the allegation.

Ms. Watson also told friends that, before the alleged incident involving Lt. Gov. Fairfax, she was raped by former Duke University basketball player Corey Maggette, according to a New York Times report.

“I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge,” said Mr. Maggette, who played for the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics from 1999 to 2013. He is now an analyst for Fox Sports.

Duke University basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday he has “no knowledge” of Ms. Watson’s allegation that she was sexually assaulted by a former Blue Devils player. He said he believes the university should and will investigate.

Ms. Smith said Ms. Watson told a high-ranking administrator about the assault by a basketball player but was dissuaded from filing a complaint or notifying police.

Ms. Watson indicated that she decided to come forward after California college professor Vanessa Tyson said Lt. Gov. Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in his hotel room during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

The petition against Ms. Watson also stated that Ms. Watson called the man “around 100 times a day” after the vacation house incident and sent him text messages.

“I am going to enjoy tearing you down just as much as you enjoyed tearing me down. Hang on tight because you are in for a ride!” read one of the alleged text messages that the man transcribed on the petition.