Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of assault

A second woman on Friday accused embattled Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

A woman named Meredith Watson said through a statement from her attorneys that Fairfax raped her in 2000 while they were students at Duke University. The statement describes the alleged incident as "premeditated and aggressive."

Earlier this week, Vanessa Tyson, a politics professor at Scripps College, released a detailed statement alleging that Fairfax, a Democrat, forced her to perform oral sex on him at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Fairfax has denied the allegation several times and said his interaction with Tyson was consensual.

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In this undated photo provided by Scripps College, Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor in politics at Scripps College, poses for a photo. Tyson, a 42-year-old political science professor who studies the intersection of politics and the #MeToo movement, went public with her sexual assault accusation against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, saying in a statement that she repressed the memory for years but came forward in part because of the possibility that Fairfax could succeed a scandal-mired governor. (Scripps College via AP)
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Watson's attorneys alleged an incident similar in detail to that described by Tyson. They said she was friends with Fairfax at the time but did not have a romantic relationship with him.

The attorneys said she shared her account of the incident with friends via email and social media, and they say they have statements from former classmates corroborating that Watson told them "immediately" afterward about the incident.

"At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character," the statement reads. "She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages."

Watson is calling on Fairfax to resign from his position, the statement said.

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax waves to the crowd as he and his family arrive for his inauguration at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/P. Kevin Morley)
Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, gestures during a debate with Republican Virginia State Sen. Jill Vogel, right, at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this Thursday Oct. 5, 2017 photo Democrat Justin Fairfax gestures during a debate with Republican Virginia State Sen. Jill Vogel, right, at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, and Vogel, a state senator from Fauquier County, are running for lieutenant governor in next month’s election. The post that offers few formal duties other than breaking ties in the state Senate but invariably serves as a launching post for future gubernatorial runs. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
CORRECTS FAIRFAX'S FIRST NAME TO JUSTIN FROM JUSTINE - Democrat Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax addresses the Ralph Northam For Governor election night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, bottom center, waves to the gallery prior to delivering his State of the Commonwealth address as Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, top left, House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, top center, and State Sen. Stephen Newman, R-Bedford, applaud before a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, left, listens to assistant Senate Crerk, Tara Perkinson, as he prepares to preside over the Senate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Virginians are now taking a closer look at Fairfax as he suddenly looms as the successor to Gov. Ralph Northam, whose political future is in jeopardy after a blackface photo was discovered on Northam's personal page in his medical school yearbook. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax presides over a session of the state senate inside the capital building in dowtown Richmond, on February 4, 2019. - Virginia politics went into further turmoil as the lieutenant governor of the eastern US state, where the governor is under intense pressure to resign, was accused of sexual misconduct. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who would take over if Governor Ralph Northam steps down, strongly denied the allegation made by a woman about a sexual encounter they had in a hotel room 15 years ago. (Photo by Logan Cyrus / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images)
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