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2nd accuser comes forward against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

2nd accuser comes forward against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

A second woman has come forward to accuse Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape as Virginia's state Democratic leadership is enveloped in scandal. The governor's own troubles began when a racist image from his medical school yearbook went public on February 1.

Meredith Watson's lawyers put out a statement on Friday detailing her claim that she was raped by Fairfax in 2000 when they were both undergraduates at Duke University. "I have never forced myself on anyone ever", Fairfax said.

On Friday he sent an email to state employees signalling his continued defiance of nearly universal calls for him to quit.

"I would like to encourage the media, my supporters, and others to treat both the woman who made this allegation and my family with respect for how painful this situation can be for everyone involved", he wrote.

Gov. Justin Fairfax on Saturday urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into sexual assault allegations against him, insisting that the encounters with his accusers were "consensual".

Fairfax says his sexual encounter with Tyson was consensual.

Northam, who is fighting to keep his job after his page featured a person in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, is said to have told his Cabinet on Friday that he has no plans to resign, CNN reports.

Northam told the newspaper that he has spent the week since the photo emerged reading about race, learning about "white privilege" and speaking with black lawmakers.

In his own statement later Friday night calling for Fairfax's resignation, Sen.

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Fairfax denies both allegations.

But Friday's accusation sparked a round of calls for his resignation, and even the threat of impeachment.

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

Watson's legal team released an email exchange between her and a former Duke classmate from October 2016, in which Watson responds to an invitation to a fundraiser for Fairfax by saying, "Justin raped me in college and I don't want to hear anything about him".

That call was echoed by almost every member of Virginia's national congressional delegation, including Rep. Jennifer Wexton.

I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else.

If Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring all resign, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would be in charge. The man said he finds it almost impossible to believe that Tyson would have performed oral sex without being forced.

Comstock also said that there appears to be no confidence in the state's governor, Ralph Northam, either.

In a statement to NPR, a spokesman for Virginia GOP Chairman Jack Wilson offered a slightly more cautious response. "Given the credible nature of the sexual assault claims against Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, it has become clear he can no longer fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his post". "As with Dr. Tyson's allegation, it needs to be investigated thoroughly because it impacts his ability to continue to serve the Commonwealth".


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