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Report: Fairfax accuser told friends she was raped by Corey Maggette

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28 Nov 1998: Corey Maggette #50 of the Duke Blue Devils in action during the Carrs Great Alaska Shootout Game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. Cincinnati defeated Duke 77-75. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport

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The woman who has come forward to accuse Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, of raping her told friends that she was also raped by former NBA player Corey Maggette during his one-and-done season at Duke, according to a report on Monday evening from the New York Times.

Maggette was a member of the Blue Devils during the 1998-99 season, playing in the national title game before heading to the NBA. He spent 14 seasons in the league. He currently works as an analyst for Fox Sports, but was pulled from the Clippers broadcast tonight.

According to the Times, the accuser told two different people about the alleged assault by Maggette. One was a friend from her hometown in Baltimore who confirmed the story to the Times on the record. The paper was also provided with FaceBook messages between the accuser and an unidentified friend in which the accuser stated that she did not report Fairfax for rape “after how the university responded when I reported Corey Maggette.”

“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,” Maggette said in a statement released to the Times. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”

These accusations were made on Friday as a result of a scandal that has created a political crisis in the state of Virginia.

After Duke’s win over Virginia on Saturday evening, the following statement was released by athletic director Kevin White: “Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media. 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.”