Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Second Accuser Comes Forward Against Virginia Democrat Justin Fairfax

Second Accuser Comes Forward Against Virginia Democrat Justin Fairfax

Justin Fairfax, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, drinks before opening the state's Senate meeting during a session of the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, U.S, February 8, 2019.

The announcement comes at the end of an unprecedented week in Virginia history that has seen the state's three top Democrats embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals.

The upheaval began with the revelation last Friday that Northam's medical school yearbook page contained a racist photo. According to Watson's statement, the two were friends at Duke but never dated or had a romantic relationship.

In response to Tyson's statement, Fairfax issued another statement of denial, stating that he had "never done anything like what she suggests".

Dr. Vanessa Tyson revealed herself Wednesday as the woman accusing Fairfax of forcing her to give him oral sex in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention.

Democrats had until now stopped short of calling for Mr Fairfax to quit, but the latest allegation opened the floodgates on Friday. He concluded by declaring: "I will not resign". On Thursday local press reported the Republican senate majority leader, Tommy Norment, had been the managing editor of a 1968 yearbook containing several photos of students posing in blackface and racist slurs that referred to African Americans, Jews and Asians. Durham police spokesman Wil Glenn also said he couldn't find a report in the department's system on the 2000 allegation.

Shortly afterwards, a rightwing website published a claim that Fairfax sexually assaulted Tyson.

The panel discussed how Northam has thus far shown no signs he will leave Richmond, despite overwhelming criticism from the state's top Democrats - Sens. "I call for his immediate resignation". Booker cited "multiple detailed allegations" that he found "deeply troubling". Gillibrand called the details "sickening and horrendous".

The congressional delegation indicated it was withholding final judgment on Herring, widely seen as showing more honest contrition, while he continued efforts to mend fences with Virginia's political establishment.

"Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcibly pushed my head towards his crotch", Tyson wrote.

Other congressional Democrats made unqualified calls for Fairfax to resign.

In a statement, Don Beyer, Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria, Jennifer Wexton, and Gerry Connolly call the last seven days "some of the most painful we can remember". Cox, the House speaker, himself said Monday that there was "a rightful hesitation" among lawmakers to seek Northam's impeachment or removal. He insisted their encounter was consensual. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen.

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. Northam immediately apologized for the photo, but the next day said he wasn't in the picture - even as he admitted he'd used blackface on a separate occasion to dress as Michael Jackson.

With Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring facing blackface controversies, plus Lt. Gov. Fairfax facing a sexual assault allegation, comedians have had a lot of material to work with.

The scandals have rattled the Democratic Party in a state where it has been gaining ground in recent years and that will play a key role in picking the victor of the 2020 presidential elections.

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