Second Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Speaks Out on Alleged Rape: ‘A Huge Betrayal, He Was my Friend’


CBS’ Gayle King followed up her interview with Vanessa Tyson on Tuesday by speaking to Meredith Watson, the second woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

In the interview, Watson started by recalling how she knew Fairfax during their college years and would frequently hang out with one another. She remembered that “I was not worried at all” when they were spending time together as Fairfax neared graduation in 2000, but then she described Fairfax locking the door to their room, turning off the lights and physically stopping her from leaving.

“He did things that you shouldn’t do to someone without their permission,” Watson said before emphatically saying “he forcibly sexually assaulted and raped me.”

Fairfax has claimed that his night with Watson was consensual, but she countered “if you have to hold someone down, it’s not consensual.” Watson also told King she told several close friends about what Fairfax allegedly did to her, and that she was “so humiliated” that she didn’t want to talk about it anymore after that.

“It was a huge betrayal,” Watson said through tears. “He was my friend. I don’t understand how you do that to somebody that you have been a friend to and has confided in you about things. I don’t understand how you do that.”

Watson would clarify that she confided in Fairfax that she was raped once before, which was why “I would never have expected anything like this from him.” She described how she avoided Fairfax after their encounter, but when she eventually confronted him and asked why he did it, she claimed he said “I knew because of what happened to you last year, if I got you in the right situation, you would be too afraid of say or do anything about it.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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