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Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Rape

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Northam accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond Virginia

In his statement on Saturday, he acknowledges both interactions with the women, but says both instances were consensual.

"We will also produce documentary evidence of Ms. Watson revealing to others the fact that Fairfax raped her", the statement released by Watson's lawyers said. Mr. Fairfax then used this prior assault against Ms. Watson, as he explained to her during the only encounter she had with him after the rape.

A former Duke University classmate said she was raped by Fairfax in a, "premeditated and aggressive" attack in 2000.

Lawyers for Tyson released a statement late Saturday saying she is "fully prepared to testify at impeachment proceedings and to cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation" into the allegations against Fairfax.

"Due to the serious nature of these allegations, we believe Lieutenant Governor Fairfax can no longer fulfill his duties to the Commonwealth".

After the second allegation was made Friday, Fairfax - who stands to become the state's second black governor if Gov. Ralph Northam resigns over a racist photo - was barraged with demands to step down from top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia's congressional delegation.

Watson's attorney also produced an email exchange from October 2016 between her client and Milagros Joye Brown, another friend from Duke, that details the alleged assault.

At least one Democratic state House member has said he will introduce articles of impeachment Monday.

"She left a campus party when he arrived, and he followed her out", Smith wrote in her statement. It all started when someone discovered Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook which featured a. questionable picture. Fairfax has maintained the allegations against him are not true. Herring has also admitted to wearing blackface in college.

Women and African-Americans have never been more politically powerful: The Democrats' 40-seat win in the House midterm elections in November, as well as their 2017 triumph in the top Virginia races, was powered in no small part by those voters.

"Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media", the statement said.

Those denials are not enough for him to keep his job, according to his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature. "I have never forced myself on anyone ever", Fairfax said. Petersen's Democratic-leaning district includes Fairfax and Vienna. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor,"former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Friday after Watson's allegation surfaced". And behind him is Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted to using blackface in a decades-old incident, as well.

She came forward days after the disclosure by a conservative website of a racist photo on Northam's 1984 yearbook page of two individuals - one in blackface and the other dressed in white robes of the Ku Klux Klan.

"I urge everyone to take survivors of sexual assault seriously, and to help build an environment that is safe and supportive for everyone".

But a day later he denied being in the photograph at all, while admitting to wearing blackface to imitate Michael Jackson at a dance contest.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

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