A lady who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax was additionally allegedly raped by former NBA star Corey Maggette, in accordance with a report.
On Friday, Nancy Erika Smith, the lawyer for Meredith Watson, stated her consumer had been raped by an unnamed Duke University basketball participant.
According to The New York Times, one among Watson’s childhood associates indicated Maggette was the unidentified participant, as did Facebook messages Watson wrote to a different pal.
Maggette attended Duke within the 1998-99 season, earlier than being chosen by the Orlando Magic with the 13th general decide within the 1999 NBA draft.
“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,” he was quoted as saying by The New York Times.
“I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”
The report added that Watson reported the incident to a dean on the college, who subsequently “discouraged her from pursuing the claim further.”
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.
The New York Times reported that Fox was wanting into the allegations in opposition to 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 in opposition to one among its former gamers.
“Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media,” the assertion stated.
“Coach Krzyzewski confirms that he had no knowledge of the alleged conduct from 1999. The university is looking into the matter and will have no further comment at this time.”
According to her lawyer’s assertion, Watson additionally instructed Fairfax, who on the time was a pal of hers, concerning the alleged rape.
Last week, Watson accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2000, once they have been each college students at Duke.
The letter despatched by Watson’s lawyer stated that Watson hoped that Fairfax, a Democrat, would resign from his place as lieutenant governor.
“Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with associates in a sequence of emails and Facebook messages that at the moment are in our possession,” the letter learn.
“Additionally, we’ve got statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson instantly instructed associates 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 is demonstrably false. I’ve by no means compelled myself on anybody ever,” he said Friday. “I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations.”
Corey Maggette #50 of the Charlotte Bobcats throughout their recreation at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 10, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Maggette allegedly raped a girl throughout his time at Duke University. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images