Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape and says he should resign
A second woman has come forward to accuse Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape as Virginia's state Democratic leadership is enveloped in scandal.
The new woman, Meredith Watson, put out a statement through an attorney. She said that the attack she experienced was similar to that alleged by Dr. Vanessa Tyson, who said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex after consensual kissing in 2004.
Watson said Fairfax assaulted her in 2000 while they were both at Duke University. While she is not calling for any criminal or civil action to be taken against Fairfax, she says he should step down.
In response, Fairfax said the allegations are "demonstrably" false and called for a full investigation into the claims.
“I will not resign,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Ralph Northam has faced calls for his resignation by fellow Democrats after it was revealed that there was a photo on his page in his medical school yearbook of a person in blackface next to another in a KKK uniform. Northam originally said that he was in the photo, but he has since retracted that claim, though he admits that under other circumstances he wore blackface to dress as Michael Jackson for a dance contest. The state's attorney general, who is after Fairfax in the line of succession for the governorship, has also admitted to wearing blackface when he was 19.