Several Of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s Staffers Reportedly Resigned

12 February, 2019, 05:12 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

He said he heard from Tyson after their encounter and also said in a statement that he and Watson were friends at Duke.

Meredith Watson came forward on February 8 and claimed he raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000, according to a new report from the Washington Post.

The attorney for Meredith Watson, the second woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, is asking Virginia lawmakers to begin the impeachment process against the embattled politician. "As a firm, we believe that it is important to seriously listen to any allegation of sexual assault or harassment, and to treat all persons making such allegations with respect and sensitivity", the chairman of the firm, Larren Nashelsky, said.

The school released a statement on Saturday night. Then, in October 2017, Tyson learned that Fairfax was running for lieutenant governor and made a decision to tell friends about the assault.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to work at healing the state's racial divide and made his first official appearance a week after a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced and he acknowledged wearing blackface in the 1980s.

"Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old", the statement said.

"During a recent event at Fort Monroe, I spoke about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia and referred to them in my remarks as enslaved", Northam said in a Monday morning statement explaining his comments.

Fairfax denies the allegations. Another top Virginia Democrat, Attorney General Mark Herring, is also fighting for his political life after admitting he wore blackface while an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. Neither that night nor other times I saw her on campus did she give me the impression that it was anything but consensual.

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But as the museum makes clear, they were still slaves - Africans who were brought to these shores against their will, and forced to work without pay.

"Frankly, we really want any entity with comprehensive investigative power to thoroughly look into these accusations", Fairfax spokeswoman Lauren Burke said. She said she told classmates and friends of the attack after it occurred.

The governor claimed that he'd only seen the photo after it became public knowledge earlier this month.

How did Northam know it was hard to remove shoe polish - as he said in that same news conference - unless he had performed in blackface before?

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but both women have come forward voluntarily. All 140 legislative seats will be up for grabs in November and Democrats had previously been hopeful that voter antipathy toward President Donald Trump would help them cement Virginia's status as a blue state.

Tyson said Wednesday the 2004 incident left her feeling deeply humiliated and ashamed.

Fairfax has denied both allegations and on Saturday asked that "no one rush to judgment". Both Tyson and Watson said they would cooperate - just like Blasey Ford.

"At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character", Smith said, according to the written statement.

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