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

Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol

Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol

"I also think this needs to be looked into". It has really raised the level of awareness for racial issues in Virginia.

"We believe that allegations of sexual assault must be taken with the utmost seriousness", Swecker said.

Northam has faced widespread calls to step down over after his medical school yearbook page with a racist photo surfaced last week.

He told the Post that conversations this week with black state lawmakers, who are among those calling for him to resign, helped him better understand the history and hurtfulness of blackface, which he has admitted using in 1984 to portray Michael Jackson at a dance contest. I have known Professor Tyson for approximately a decade and she is a friend.

"And the main point that this person told me is that at the end of the day, the white person - just as I was the white person that dressed up as an African-American dancer ... at the end of the day we can take that makeup off and go back to being white", he said.

The Democrat defended his vow to stay in office despite widespread calls for his resignation.

Fairfax was reportedly preparing to become Virginia's next governor when he was rocked with a sexual assault allegation.

One of the women, Vanessa Tyson, said in a statement earlier this week that at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Fairfax "put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch", and said that he "forced his penis into my mouth". "To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent".

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She said both women who have accused Fairfax have given credible stories, as well as Democratic activists helping them as well.

She says she was friends with Mr Fairfax while they studied at Duke University, but that they never had a romantic relationship.

"What she told us was pretty much exactly what was in the statement that she released but with vastly less detail", said Elizabeth Armstrong, a fellow at Stanford with Tyson.

The two undergrads were "friends" at Duke but did not date or see each other romantically, according to Watson's lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith. Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor. In a statement to the Washington Post, he said, "I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation".

Numerous prominent Democrats running for president-like Sens.

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.

That's shameful. The smears on victims of sexual assault have to stop.

"A week ago nearly exactly, Justin Fairfax seemed to be just hours away from taking the oath of office as governor and now the governor is staying in and he may be the one to go", Sabato said. "The leak. And I wanted him to know, unequivocally that I had nothing to do with it". Northam said the experience, as well as week of reports highlighting his behavior, has taught him that the incident could be therapeutic. "You'll get to digging and be able to make some connections".

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