A girl who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax was additionally allegedly raped by former NBA star Corey Maggette, in keeping with a report.
On Friday, Nancy Erika Smith, the lawyer for Meredith Watson, mentioned her shopper had been raped by an unnamed Duke College basketball participant.
In keeping with The New York Occasions, one in all Watson’s childhood mates indicated Maggette was the unidentified participant, as did Fb messages Watson wrote to a different buddy.
Maggette attended Duke within the 1998-99 season, earlier than being chosen by the Orlando Magic with the 13th total choose within the 1999 NBA draft.
“It has solely been by way of media accounts and a press release from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first discovered or heard of something about these sexual assault allegations,” he was quoted as saying by The New York Occasions.
“I’ve by no means sexually assaulted anybody in my life and I fully and categorically deny any such cost.”
The report added that Watson reported the incident to a dean on the college, who subsequently “discouraged her from pursuing the declare additional.”
After being drafted by the Orlando Magic, Maggette went on to spend 14 seasons within the NBA, taking part in for the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats and the Detroit Pistons.
Following his retirement, the Illinois native started a profession as a tv analyst for Fox Sports activities.
The New York Occasions reported that Fox was wanting into the allegations towards their worker.
In his solitary season at Duke, Maggette helped the Blue Devils to succeed in the nationwide championship recreation, the place they misplaced to UConn.
On Saturday, the college confirmed it had opened an investigation into the sexual assault allegations towards one in all its former gamers.
“Duke first discovered of the allegations involving a student-athlete final evening after they had been reported by the media,” the assertion mentioned.
“Coach Krzyzewski confirms that he had no data of the alleged conduct from 1999. The college is wanting into the matter and may have no additional remark presently.”
In keeping with her lawyer’s assertion, Watson additionally informed Fairfax, who on the time was a buddy of hers, in regards to the alleged rape.
Final week, Watson accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2000, after they had been each college students at Duke.
The letter despatched by Watson’s lawyer mentioned that Watson hoped that Fairfax, a Democrat, would resign from his place as lieutenant governor.
“Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with mates in a sequence of emails and Fb messages that at the moment are in our possession,” the letter learn.
“Moreover, we have now statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson instantly informed mates that Mr. Fairfax had raped her.”
Watson was the second lady in per week to accuse Fairfax of rape, after Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused him of forcing her to carry out oral intercourse in 2004.
The 39-year-old has denied each allegations, dismissing them as “false” and demanding a full investigation into the accusations.
“I deny this newest unsubstantiated allegation. It’s demonstrably false. I’ve by no means pressured myself on anybody ever,” he mentioned Friday. “I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations.”