Four staffers working for Virginia Lt. Gov. resign amid sexual assault allegations

Four staffers working for Virginia Lt. Gov. resign amid sexual assault allegations

Four staffers working for Virginia Lt. Gov. resign amid sexual assault allegations

Watson alleges Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000, her attorney said in a statement.

The New York Times reported Monday night that the previously unnamed basketball player is Corey Maggette, who played for Duke from 1998-99. "As a firm, we believe that it is important to seriously listen to any allegation of sexual assault or harassment, and to treat all persons making such allegations with respect and sensitivity", the chairman of the firm, Larren Nashelsky, said.

The school distributed a statement after Saturday's game at Virginia, detailing its intent to investigate the claims.

His comments come as he continues to resist calls to step down over a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page, which showed one man dressed in blackface and another man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

Fairfax faces a flurry of calls from top Democrats and Republicans to leave his post after two allegations of sexual assault were leveled against him last week.

"Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke".

"During a recent event at Fort Monroe, I spoke about the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia and referred to them in my remarks as enslaved", Northam said in a Monday morning statement explaining his comments.

Two women have made allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Fairfax then sent a letter to NBC Universal demanding that NBC correct reports that he directed profanities toward the professor, adding that the news outlet "cease and desist from attributing any other false and unsubstantiated statements to Fairfax", according to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The state's attorney general, Mark Herring, has also admitted to donning blackface in the past.

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Fairfax shot back at his accusers quickly: he said in a statement that he would not resign from office, and vowed to clear his name against what he described as a "vicious and coordinated smear campaign" being orchestrated against him.

"I have never had any trousers like that", Northam said.

He said Tyson told him oral sex in particular brought back painful memories of her childhood trauma. Those reviews will support what I know is the truth. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. Because of "the deep shame and humiliation" she suffered afterwards, she said she didn't speak of it for years.

"We are confident that once the Virginia legislature hears Dr. Tyson's harrowing account of this sexual assault, the testimony of many corroborating witnesses, and evidence of his attempts to mislead the public about The Washington Post's decision not to run a story in 2018, it will conclude that he lacks the character, fitness, and credibility to serve in any capacity", the statement said.

Northam and Herring are white; Fairfax is black.

Fairfax's policy director, Adele McClure, and scheduler, Julia Billingsly, both called it quits Monday, as did David Mills and Courtney McCargo, two employees of his We Rise Together political action committee, Fairfax's spokeswoman Lauren Burke said. "The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor", he added.

Impeachment may not be an option, according to George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf.

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