Virginia lieutenant governor denies new sexual assault allegation

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax denies second accusation of sexual assault

The embattled lieutenant governor of Virginia released a statement on Saturday, denying recent allegations of sexual assault and rape as the state continues to find its top Democratic leaders embroiled in scandal.

The firm, New Jersey-based Smith Mullin, said Watson was "not seeking any financial damages", and said her attorneys had notified Fairfax through his lawyers "that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office".

The Smith Mullin statement said the alleged attack on Watson "was premeditated and aggressive", while also saying Fairfax and Watson "were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship".

Attorneys for Watson and Tyson released separate statements Saturday, saying their clients would be willing to testify at an impeachment hearing.

Fairfax emphatically denied the new allegation, as he did the first one, leveled earlier this week by Vanessa Tyson, a California college professor who said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him at a Boston hotel in 2004.

The drama following Virginia's state leadership is spiraling out of control as a second woman comes forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault. Watson, who now lives in Maryland, did so after she received an email from a college friend in 2016 urging former Duke students to support the campaign of "our good friend Justin".

"The long and short of it is that Fairfax is the one in trouble and unless he's impeached, he does not have to resign", Sabato said. Fairfax would take over if Gov. Ralph Northam were to resign over the racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page. "So, I'm not sure that's true or not, but there's an allegation".

After his freakish news conference last Saturday, where he flip-flopped on whether he was in the racist yearbook photo but admitted to dressing in blackface at another time, Northam huddled with top aides in Virginia's executive mansion.

In response, Fairfax called for an investigation into what he described as "these unsubstantiated and false allegations".

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Justin Fairfax is a 39-year-old Democrat who won election in November.

"Well, I'm calling Virginia the Commonwealth of Chaos", Sabato said. The Daily Beast also obtained a Facebook message from March 2017 in which Watson sent an article to a friend about Fairfax: "This is absolutely disgusting!"

Several of the state's top Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Fairfax did not deny he had an encounter with Tyson, but said it was consensual and the accusation was an attempt to smear him when he was poised to become governor of Virginia. And a Democratic member of the state House, Del. "Two days ago I stated that I believe the claim regarding Lt. Governor Fairfax", Castro wrote.

"Much of the discussion has, rightfully, centered around who we are as Democrats as we continue to stand against racism and against sexual assault".

He explained why it was wrong to paint his face black during a dance contest in 1984 to portray Michael Jackson but claims to have learned a valuable lesson.

Democrats have shown a willingness to forgive him because he confessed his "blacking up" shame to African-American lawmakers in Virginia before it became public.

"The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia presides over the Virginia Senate and must be prepared to fill the role of Governor", the group wrote in their statement.

Northam, Fairfax and Herring, who are now all facing calls to resign, represent the top three rungs in the line of succession of Virginia's governorship, the fourth being Stephen Newman, the president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia.

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