Second woman accuses Virginia deputy governor of assault

Second woman accuses Virginia deputy governor of assault

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who earlier this week was accused of a 2004 sexual assault that he has denied, on Friday faced a new allegation that he raped a fellow Duke University student in 2000, according to a law firm representing his accuser. "Watson said the two were friends at the time of the incident, but were not romantically involved".

Watson's allegation comes after a tumultuous week in Virginia politics.

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.

"The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible", former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Friday.

"To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent", she said.

The new allegation immediately brought demands from top Democrats for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign, too.

Virginia's elected Democrats and most of the Democrats hoping to run against President Donald Trump in 2020 swiftly joined calls for Northam to resign after he took responsibility for a photo on his 1984 yearbook page showing one man posing in blackface with another in a Ku Klux Klan costume.

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. And he was preparing to do just that, after scandal enveloped Northam and before Tyson accused Fairfax of sexual assault. He admitted to once having worn blackface that year to impersonate pop star Michael Jackson.

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Virginia's two USA senators and seven Democratic congressmen released a joint statement saying the sexual assault accusation must be investigated, and Herring must continue to have "in-depth discussions" if he is to regain the public's trust.

Democrats in Richmond and in Washington say the next moves may largely depend on what black state legislative leaders push for.

If Northam steps down, as many critics have called for him to do, Fairfax would assume the governorship.

"The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia presides over the Virginia Senate and must be prepared to fill the role of Governor", the statement said. He insists the encounter with the woman was consensual.

On Saturday, though, the governor reversed course and said he wasn't in the picture.

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. He said that he recognized his actions were done in poor taste and apologized.

This, after all, was still a time when the backlash against the civil rights movement was still active throughout the south, including in Virginia, which was a far different state back then than it is today.

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