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Justin Fairfax Removed as Chair of Lieutenant Governors Association

Justin Fairfax Removed as Chair of Lieutenant Governors Association”

The allegations come amid the racism controversies that have embroiled the Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam and the state's Attorney General Mark Herring. In a statement a spokesperson provided to NPR, Fairfax wrote that "in both situations I knew at the time, and I know today, that the interactions were consensual". He said the latest accusation, that he had raped a fellow student at Duke University in 2000, was "demonstrably false" and declared he would not step down.

The statement was issued hours after the second woman came forward Friday to accuse Fairfax, a Democrat, of sexual assault. "I will not resign", he said in a statement.

Only a week ago, Fairfax rose to social media prominence when a racist photo from a 1984 medical school yearbook showed a person wearing blackface and standing to a person in Ku Klux Klan regalia. That was followed by separate admissions from Northam, 59, and Herring, 57, that each had darkened their faces during the 1980s to imitate black performers, a practice widely considered to be racist.

Northam has ignored widespread calls to resign.

"You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that", Northam said.

Fairfax vowed to clear his "good name" and noted he has passed Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks and run for office "with nothing like this being raised before".

The head of Virginia's House of Delegates is calling for the resignation of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Senior Democrats have already called on him to resign, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren.

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

According to Ms Watson's legal representatives Smith Mullin, former classmates have provided statements corroborating Ms Watson's allegations and stating that she "immediately told friends that Mr Fairfax had raped her". "The central issue at the heart of her account is consent, and there can be no better authority to decide whether it was given than Dr. Tyson herself", several Virginia Democratic lawmakers said in a statement Friday night.

The law firm said Watson had "shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession". Watson reportedly told Fairfax about the incident.

Earlier this week, California college professor Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention.

Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too.

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. Northam initially apologized for being in the photo... only to then deny being in the photo the next day. He is only the second African-American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia. I ask that all three of us be respected during this process.

Boyd, whose group says it represents 109,000 farmers across the country, said on Twitter afterward that he pledged his support to the governor and "urged him NOT to step down".



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