Second Justin Fairfax accuser comes forward, alleges rape

Second Justin Fairfax accuser comes forward, alleges rape

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax presides over a session of the state senate inside the capital building in dowtown Richmond, on February 4, 2019.

Under state law, the lieutenant governor may be impeached by the House of Delegates and prosecuted before the Senate for malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crimes and misdemeanor.

The latest allegation was made Friday afternoon by a Duke classmate who said Justin Fairfax raped her in a "premeditated and aggressive attack" while they were undergraduates in 2000.

"As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I can not endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page", Norment said. Fairfax has denied the second allegation declaring, "I will not resign". "I call for his immediate resignation", said McAuliffe on Twitter.

"I will clear my good name, and I have nothing to hide", the statement continues.

I will not resign. Democrats, including Kamala Harris, called for an investigation into the allegation, though many in the party did not call for Fairfax's resignation because Tyson did not offer corroborating accounts.

Fairfax, 39, noncommittal about whether Northam, 59, should resign, stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Boston hotel room in 2004.

Top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia's congressional delegation, swiftly and decisively turned against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who would become Virginia's second black governor if Northam quit. We are brokenhearted that the actions of Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring have reopened old wounds left by Virginia's long history of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and systemic racism.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after calling for an investigation into Tyson's allegations, said the accusation by Watson was "sickening and horrendous" and should end Fairfax's time as lieutenant governor.

Northam is facing calls from both parties to resign.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after calling for an investigation into Tyson's allegations, said the accusation by Watson was "sickening and horrendous" and should end Fairfax's time as lieutenant governor.

Almost the entire Virginia Democratic establishment, as well as almost every Democratic presidential hopeful, called on him to resign.

Northam immediately apologized for appearing in the photograph, saying he could not "undo the harm my behavior caused then and today".

"I believe this moment can be the first small step to open a discussion about these hard issues", Northam said.

A week ago, a picture surfaced from Mr Northam's 1984 college yearbook page showing someone in blackface and another person in Ku Klux Klan robes. He admitted to once having worn blackface that year to impersonate pop star Michael Jackson.

Dr. Tyson did not tell anyone in 2004 about the encounter with Mr. Fairfax, according to people close to her legal team, and she did not notify or file a complaint with police...

The twin developments came at the end of an astonishing week that saw all three of Virginia's top elected officials - all Democrats - embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals fraught with questions of race, sex and power.

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.

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