Virginia Lt. Governor releases statement denying allegations of sexual assault

Virginia power crisis escalates with 2nd woman accusing Democrat Lt. Governor of rape

Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape and says he should resign

The second woman to accuse embattled Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault claims the alleged incident occurred a year after she said she was also raped by an unnamed Duke basketball player, A.J.

According to Watson's attorneys, former classmates have provided statements corroborating the allegations and that she "immediately told friends that Fairfax had raped her".

"Mr. Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive", Watson's lawyers said.

Police officials in Durham, North Carolina, where Duke is, said they had no records of an accusation against Fairfax in 2000.

"Justin Fairfax doesn't seem to have many, if any, Democrats who are out there defending him which leads me to ask 'what did you know?'" she said.

Fairfax's first accuser, Stanford University academic Vanessa Tyson, has alleged that Fairfax had forced her to perform oral sex in a hotel room during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Many elected officials and presidential hopefuls have called for Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault this week. Also omitted from this statement were the names Northam, Herring and Fairfax.

Watson's first statement outlined her accusation, saying that the details were similar to Tyson's and that she was friends with Fairfax as an undergraduate.

"She left a campus party when he arrived, and he followed her out", Smith wrote in her statement.

Northam -now a year into his four-year term - has told his top staff he's staying in office and said he wants to focus the rest of his term as governor on taking concrete steps toward increasing racial equality. And the party is facing a tough decision concerning Mr. Fairfax because any scintilla of support for him could reap a whirlwind with female voters. The governor said he was not the man in the picture, but admitted to wearing blackface for a Michael Jackson costume.

Fairfax denied the first allegation in a February 6 statement.

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A hip-hop pioneer who was imitated by a Virginia politician in blackface says he hopes people will learn lessons from such "regrettable actions".

Watson released a statement through her lawyers, which Fairfax responded to by saying that Watson's claim is "unsubstantiated", "demonstrably wrong" and part of a "vicious and coordinated smear campaign".

The 59-year-old Democrat gave his first interview to the newspaper since the photograph surfaced.

Until a week ago, Fairfax was a fast-rising star in the Democratic Party.

He called top Virginia Democrats, at times almost in tears, to apologize for the controversy and looked to move on by staying out of the limelight.

Numerous state's Democrats have called on Northam to step down over the yearbook photo, which shows one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan attire. And a Democratic member of the state House, Del.

Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted earlier in the week that he, too, had dressed in blackface in the 1980s, has laid low for the week, calling top Virginia Democrats from behind closed doors to offer emotional apologies as a way to move past the controversy.

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

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", they said.

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