2nd Accuser Comes Forward Against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax
09 February, 2019, 10:17 | Author: Carlos George
Northam then used a freaky news conference on Saturday to take back his admission that he was in the photo, but to admit that he had appeared in blackface at another time.
But then a woman came forward saying Fairfax's possible promotion compelled her to publicly accuse him of sexually assaulting her. Fairfax says their encounter 15 years ago was consensual, leaving those who would judge him uncomfortably bereft of conclusive evidence.
Later in the day, the governor issued a statement to state employees, saying, "You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that".
Watson was friends with Fairfax at Duke but they never dated or had any romantic relationship, her lawyer said.
Meridith Watson was "raped" by Justin Fairfax in 2000 "while they were both students at Duke University", Smith Mullin P.C., legal counsel representing Watson, alleged in a Friday news release. He said there should be an investigation and Fairfax "should be afforded the presumption of innocence".
On Wednesday, Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in Claremont, California, accused Fairfax of "forcing her to perform oral sex" on him at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
"I'm here to pass a budget today", he added when pressed as he headed into a Republican Caucus meeting in late morning.
"That made me realize that Dr. Tyson went here, which is something I hadn't heard", Sippy said.
Duke spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said the university's police department has no criminal reports naming or involving Fairfaxe.
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Fairfax swiftly denied the allegation and called for an investigation into the accusation.
On Friday evening, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia's House and Senate jointly called on Fairfax to resign. In addition, Watson's lawyers claim to have possession of statements from her classmates corroborating that Watson "immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax raped her". Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe were among the first.
"The multiple detailed allegations against the Lt. Gov. of Virginia are deeply troubling", he tweeted. Gillibrand called the details "sickening and horrendous".
Late on Thursday, the state's congressional delegation released a statement indicating a consensus of forgiveness might be emerging around Herring. Ms. Watson also told friends, including Justin Fairfax.
After a week hunkered down in virtual seclusion under mounting pressure to resign, Northam indicated in an email message on Friday to state employees that he planned to keep his post.
The nearly exponential blackface scandal ensnaring the state's top Democratic leadership has now reached the upper echelons of the Old Dominion's Republican Party. Patrick Hope, said he intends to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday if Fairfax hasn't left by then. If Fairfax is claiming a one-night stand and Tyson simply doesn't do one-night stands because of past experiences, who's lying?
Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) faked a phone call this week in attempting to avoid questions from the Daily Caller on the issue. Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.
The allegations come as political uncertainty engulfs Virginia following a photo from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook showing someone in a Ku Klux Klan costume and another in black face-a photo the governor originally said he was in before walking back that statement.
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