VA. LT. Gov. removed from DLGA after 2nd assault accuser comes forward

VA. LT. Gov. removed from DLGA after 2nd assault accuser comes forward

A second woman has come forward with sexual assault allegations against Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the United States (US) Justin Fairfax.

On Saturday, Northam made his first official public appearance since he denied being in the photo.

Dillard and Bowen, both members of a group of young blacks active in Virginia politics, said Northam should immediately allocate at least $20 million to the state's historically black colleges and universities, which have been underfunded. It's unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him. Meredith Watson said on Friday that Justin Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000, according to a new report from the Washington Post. She characterized it as "premeditated and aggressive", and the statement notes, "The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship".

And former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe bluntly said, after Watson told her story in a statement from her law office, that Fairfax had to leave. Watson is "not seeking any financial damages", and her attorneys had notified Fairfax through his lawyers "that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office", the firm said in its statement.

Watson's representatives declined to provide further documentation and said their client would not be talking to journalists.

Fairfax insists that he won't resign and that "a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me". "I haven't forgiven the president, but he's still in office, so why should they resign?" Watson reportedly told Fairfax about the incident. Fairfax has previously denied Tyson's allegation.

In another statement from Virginia Democrats in the U.S. House, Reps.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, immediately called on Fairfax to resign, citing "multiple detailed allegations" that are "deeply troubling". Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA.

Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation was split. The allegations against him detail atrocious crimes, and he can no longer effectively serve the Commonwealth.

In a statement, Fairfax called the latest claim "unsubstantiated" and "demonstrably false". "She's not suing him for money, so disbelievers and doubters can't say, 'Oh, she just wants money.' She just wants, as she says, the Virginia voters to know who this person is".

And Politico cited a Democratic state lawmaker concluding: 'If he wants to stay he needs to answer some questions. The House of Delegates could call a select committee to probe the allegations, which is exactly what they'd have to do to produce articles of impeachment for a vote anyway.

Norfolk native Joe Dillard said Northam should resign, and that the allegations against Fairfax should be investigated before discussing what consequences he should face. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen. "He can no longer serve us as the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia".

The still unfolding episode began Friday when a rightwing website published the damning photos from Northam's yearbook showing one white man in blackface and another man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

But sitting in a stylist's chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore blackface as a medical student 35 years ago.

And then Attorney General Mark Herring admitted that he once donned blackface to perform as a rapper at a college party in 1980.

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