Justin Fairfax accused of sexual assault by second woman

Justin Fairfax accused of sexual assault by second woman

Justin Fairfax accused of sexual assault by second woman

But now that a second woman, Meredith Watson, has accused the Virginia lieutenant governor of rape, prominent Virginia and national Democrats are not holding back and are roundly calling on the 39-year old African-American politician to resign.

Similarly, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) similarly said that it was "no longer appropriate" for Fairfax to serve and called on him to resign. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is needed to remove Fairfax from office.

Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too.

New allegations from a woman named Meredith Watson, who claims Fairfax raped her in 2000 while the two were students at Duke University, prompted Democratic Virginia House of Delegates Member Patrick Hope to announce he plans to introduce articles of impeachment for Fairfax unless the Democratic lieutenant governor resigns by Monday.

"I'm here to pass a budget today", he added when pressed as he headed into a Republican Caucus meeting in late morning.

"As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I can not endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page". "I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide". She remembers Watson from parties but didn't think Watson and Fairfax ran in the same social circles and was surprised that the statement from Watson's attorneys had described them as friends. Fairfax has previously denied Tyson's allegation. Northam apologized for the photo but said the next day that he was not in it.

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: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax presides over the state Senate at the capitol on Thursday.

"Kaneedreck Adams, 40, an attorney who attended Duke with Watson and said in the spring of 2000, when they lived across from each other in on-campus apartments, Watson came to her crying", The Washington Post reported.

Fairfax swiftly issued a statement saying he would not resign from office. Watson allegedly told Adams that the assault happened at a fraternity house: "She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down".

Tyson accused Fairfax of forcing her to "perform oral sex" during an encounter at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July 2004.

Last Friday, Northam's history was called into question after a yearbook photo arose on his page showing two people dressed in blackface and a KKK robe. Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Last night's statement from the Virginia House Democrats affirmed that they're "disappointed" in Northam and Herring and feel "great concern" about the allegation against Fairfax but they didn't call on any to quit.

Though Northam said he was not in that photo, after initially saying he was, he admitted to painting his face with shoe polish that year as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a dance contest.

If Fairfax were to leave, there's no consensus on who could replace him. Under Massachusetts law, the statute of limitations is 15 years for rape and several related crimes, an interval that would expire this summer for the Tyson's accusation.

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