Duke is investigating a declare former basketball participant assaulted a girl in 1999, the college introduced Saturday
In a sequence of statements launched Friday, Meredith Watson mentioned by her lawyer former Duke participant sexually assaulted her throughout that point, although the identify of the participant was not launched.
Watson additionally claimed Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax assaulted her once they have been at Duke collectively in 2000. She is the second lady to return ahead and allege Fairfax assaulted her.
“Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball participant throughout her sophomore 12 months at Duke,” the assertion mentioned, by way of Bloomberg. “She went to the Dean, who supplied no assist and discouraged her from pursuing the declare additional. Ms. Watson additionally advised mates, together with Justin Fairfax.”
After Duke’s Saturday night time win towards Virginia, each the college and coach Mike Krzyzewski launched statements revealing the allegation was being appeared into.
“Duke first discovered of the allegations involving a student-athlete final night time once they have been reported by the media,” the assertion mentioned, by way of ESPN. “Coach Krzyzewski confirms that he had no data of the alleged conduct from 1999. The college is trying into the matter and could have no additional remark at the moment.”
Krzyzewski mentioned he had just lately discovered of the allegations, and acknowledged he had no prior data in regards to the claims.
“I feel there was an allegation made, proper?” Krzyzewski mentioned. “So, I am unsure that is true or not, however there’s an allegation. I did not discover out about it till late final night time, and I’ve no data about it. … Our college will care for no matter actions and provides no matter data that is wanted to be finished. I feel our [athletic director] has put out an announcement that we’ll give to you. It’s extremely … one thing like that’s severe. So, our college seems at it that means, and we’ll do no matter we will to ensure that we reply no matter questions are posed to us.”
The 1999 Duke staff was top-of-the-line groups in class historical past. They reached the title sport that season, however misplaced to UConn.