Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Second Sexual Misconduct Charge

Frederick Owens
February 10, 2019

"Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth". Northam said the experience, as well as week of reports highlighting his behavior, has taught him that the incident could be therapeutic.

He also requested that "no one rush to judgment", and called for an FBI investigation so that "due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is necessary".

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

"Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke". Mr. Fairfax then used this prior assault against Ms. Watson, as he explained to her during the only encounter she had with him after the rape.

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, wrote in an email Saturday that Duke learned of the allegations Friday night as they became public. Tyson says Fairfaix, then a law student working as an aide to Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards, forced her to perform oral sex.

Democrats in the state Senate, in a statement released Friday, acknowledged that it must be their actions - not their words - "that will lift up the voices that for far too long have been silenced". "We are shocked and dismayed by these credible and serious allegations". The man spoke to AP on condition of anonymity out of concern publication of his name would damage his career.

Virginia Democrat Bobby Scott has told USA media that Prof Tyson had over a year ago told him some details about the alleged assault.

"We believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson".

Fairfax denied the first allegation in a February 6 statement.

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Attorney General Mark Herring also faces heavy criticism after he admitted to wearing blackface in college.

"If this were any other elected position in the Commonwealth, Virginia Democrats would be rightfully calling for a resignation", the Republican Party of Virginia said Friday.

"Mr. Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive", the statement reads.

The pressure on Fairfax, who responded to Watson by saying he would not resign, and relative lack of pressure on Northam would have been nearly unthinkable a week earlier, when Fairfax looked bound to be the nation's only black governor and Northam looked to be headed for the door.

The two undergrads were "friends" at Duke but did not date or see each other romantically, according to Watson's lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith. He revealed that Ms. Watson was the victim of a prior rape. "Please, please, please remove me form any future emails about him please".

The firm, New Jersey-based Smith Mullin, said the alleged assault occurred in 2000.

Watson, through her attorneys, issued a statement yesterday outlining her allegation. "She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life". "So, I'm not sure that's true or not, but there's an allegation".

Northam said he has begun reading up on racial issues, starting with Ta-Nehisi Coates' powerful Atlantic magazine piece "The Case for Reparations" and Roots by Alex Haley. Virginia's Democratic lawmakers have all called for Northam to resign since he admitted to dressing up in blackface at a press conference last weekend.

The possibility of all three top-ranked leaders of Virginia's executive branch having to resign raised the prospect of Democrats losing the governorship to the Republican Speaker of the state House of Delegates, who is next in the line of succession.

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