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Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Tears Up: ‘I Feel Guilty’ For Not Speaking Out Before He Assaulted Vanessa Tyson

In the second half of her interview with CBS, Meredith Watson burst into tears as she spoke about Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the broader implications of his alleged sexual assault against her.

After Watson described how Fairfax supposedly raped her when they were in college together in 2000, she said she has nothing to gain by going public, even as Gayle King brought up several scrutinized elements of her past. She countered those arguments by saying “I don’t have to defend myself because nothing in my life that happened after that night is relevant to what happened that night.”

The conversation eventually moved on with King asking Watson how she felt when Vanessa Tyson became the first woman to come forward with the claim that Fairfax sexually assaulted her. Since Tyson claims her assault happened in 2004, Watson said “I feel guilty” because Tyson’s ordeal might not have happened if she went public about Fairfax earlier.

“It happened to her after it happened to me,” Watson said through tears. “Had I had the strength or the courage to say something in 2000, maybe it never would have happened to her. and I know the pain that she’s had to live with since it happened, and nobody should have to go through this, and I feel awful.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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