Report: Virginia Lt. Gov. accuser told friends former Duke, NBA player Corey Maggette raped her while in college

A woman who accused Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says that former Duke basketball and NBA player Corey Maggette raped her while they were in college, the New York Times reports

Meredith Watson said last Friday that Fairfax raped her while the two were students at Duke 19 years ago. Watson also said on Friday that an unnamed Duke basketball player raped her in 1999, and that Fairfax knew about it when he allegedly assaulted her.

NY Times identifies Maggette as Watson’s accused rapist

On Monday, the Times identified the alleged attacker as Maggette, citing a childhood friend of Watson’s. The Times reports that the friend said Watson told multiple friends years prior to the Fairfax allegation that Maggette had raped her in college.

R. Stanton Jones, a childhood friend of Watson’s and a Washington law partner, told the Times that Watson told him in 2001 that Maggette had raped her.

“Meredith told me she had been raped twice at Duke,” Mr. Jones said. “And she told me that one of the men who raped her was the Duke basketball player Corey Maggette. That was a name I knew because I’m a basketball fan.”

The Times also cited Facebook messages from 2017 provided by Watson spokeswoman Karen Kessler that it could not independently verify.

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2 Dec 1998: Forward Corey Maggette #50 of Duke Blue Devils looks on during the Great Eight Classic against the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Duke defeated Michigan State 73-67. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Duke's Corey Maggette (50) crashes into North Carolina State's Kenny Inge (21) while driving to the basket during the first half of their Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semi-final game Saturday, March 6, 1999, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Duke's Corey Maggette, left, and Connecticut's Richard Hamilton fight for possession of the ball in the first half of the championship game of the NCAA Final Four, Monday, March 29, 1999, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Connecticut's Jake Voskuhl watches at center. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
25 Nov 1998: Corey Maggette #50 of the Duke Blue Devils in action during the Carrs Great Alaska Shootout Game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. Duke defeated Notre Dame 111-82. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport
2 Dec 1998: Forward Corey Maggette #50 of Duke Blue Devils looks on during the Great Eight Classic against the Michigan State Spartans at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Duke defeated Michigan State 73-67. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
8 Nov 2000: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers walks on the court during the game against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Jazz defeated the Clippers 93-87. NOTE TO USER: It is expressly understood that the only rights Allsport are offering to license in this Photograph are one-time, non-exclusive editorial rights. No advertising or commercial uses of any kind may be made of Allsport photos. User acknowledges that it is aware that Allsport is an editorial sports agency and that NO RELEASES OF ANY TYPE ARE OBTAINED from the subjects contained in the photographs.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross /Allsport
PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 15: Corey Maggette #50 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns on December 15, 2000 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - NOVEMBER 22: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers advances the ball during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on November 22, 2002 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Clippers 72-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by: Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - DECEMBER 27: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives the ball up the court during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at America West Arena on December 27, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns won 108-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 5: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles the ball against Zach Randolph #50 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game at Staples Center on January 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 102-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - DECEMBER 8: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers controls the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the game at SBC Center on December 8, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 111-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers walks down the court during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on December 31, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 91-82. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 15: Corey Maggette #50 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on January 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 97-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Corey Maggette #50 of the Golden State Warriors drives the ball upcourt against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Maggette ‘categorically’ denies allegation

The Times reached out to Maggette, who denied the allegations in a statement.

“It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” Mr. Maggette said in a statement. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”

Maggette played on Final Four team, in NBA

Maggette played for Duke during the 1998-99 season that saw the Blue Devils lose to Connecticut in the national championship game. Maggette played 14 seasons in the NBA and is currently an analyst for Fox Sports West covering the Los Angeles Clippers.

Maggette was absent from Monday’s broadcast of the Clippers game against the Minnesota Timberwolves for reported “personal reasons.”

A Fox Sports West spokesman addressed the allegations when prompted by the Times.

“Fox Sports takes allegations of misconduct seriously, and we are looking into the matter,” a spokesman said. We have no further comment at this time.”

Scandal in Virginia

Watson is the second woman to accuse Fairfax of raping her, calling the alleged attack “premeditated and aggressive.” Fairfax is under pressure to step down from his job as lieutenant governor, labeling the accusation part of a “vicious and coordinated smear campaign.”

The accusations are part of a larger scandal that has engulfed Virginia state politics, with calls for Governor Ralph Northam to resign after racist yearbook photos from college surfaced. 

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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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Watson’s attorney: Duke dean ‘provided no help’

Duke acknowledged the accusations of an unnamed player being accused of rape on Friday, telling USA Today that school officials were “looking into” the matter.

Watson’s attorney Nancy Erica Smith made public the accusation against a Duke player in a statement to USA Today. She said Duke officials discouraged Watson from pursuing the allegation.

“He revealed that Ms. Watson was the victim of a prior rape,” Smith wrote.  “That is true. Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke. She went to the Dean, who provided no help and discouraged her from pursuing the claim further. Ms. Watson also told friends, including Justin Fairfax. Mr. Fairfax then used this prior assault against Ms. Watson, as he explained to her during the only encounter she had with him after the rape.

Duke response: ‘Gathering information’

Duke declined to acknowledge that Maggette was the accused in a statement given to the Times, stating the school is “gathering information” about the allegation.

“We are in the process of gathering information to determine what policies and procedures were in place during the time period in which these events are alleged to have occurred, and whether they were activated and followed,” said Michael Schoenfeld, a spokesman for Duke. “We are not able to provide further information or comment on any individual at this time.”

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski said on Saturday that he had “no knowledge” of the accusations.

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