Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault

Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault

Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault

Fairfax has denied both allegations and said he will not resign.

Democrats had until now stopped short of calling for Mr Fairfax to quit, but the latest allegation opened the floodgates on Friday. It is demonstrably false.

Norment said in a statement that he "cannot endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page" but drew a distinction between the controversy facing him and that of Northam and Herring, who admitted they appeared in blackface. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth. Given his false assertions, I'm compelled to make clear what happened. I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before.

It is obvious that a vicious smear and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me.

According to Ms Watson's legal representatives Smith Mullin, former classmates have provided statements corroborating Ms Watson's allegations and stating that she "immediately told friends that Mr Fairfax had raped her". "I urge everyone to take survivors of sexual assault seriously, and to help build an environment that is safe and supportive for everyone".

The Lieutenant Governor also insisted there was nothing non-consensual about his encounter with Tyson, who released a statement claiming she initially suppressed memories of the assault - in which the Democratic politician allegedly forced her to perform oral sex - out of shame until the news he was running for office "hit [her] like a ton of bricks".

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Her claim comes two days after at the end of a turbulent week which began when a different woman, Vanessa Tyson, accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 when both were in Boston to attend the Democratic National Convention.

The allegation first became public Sunday evening on the conservative website Big League Politics.

"The only thing I'm talking about today is the budget", he told the Pilot before entering a meeting with his caucus members, "I'm here to pass a budget today".

Calls for Northam's resignation among Virginia's Democratic establishment were almost universal early on, with at least five Democratic candidates for the White House joining the chorus. Northam additionally was revealed to have had a racist photo printed on his medical school yearbook page. "I call for his immediate resignation". A photo from the page of Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, which showed a person in black face and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, emerged on Friday.

The top three Democrats in Virginia's state government are now contending with various controversies, including Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring admitting to having worn blackface in the 1980s.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

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