A woman said Friday that will Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax had raped her nearly two decades ago.
Lawyers for that will woman, Meredith Watson, made the accusation in a statement that will also called on Fairfax to resign via office.
Another woman, California university professor Vanessa Tyson, had recently accused Fairfax of sexual assault in an incident nearly 15 years earlier.
Fairfax has unequivocally denied Tyson’s accusation, as well as denied the brand new accusation via Watson in a statement.
“I deny that will latest unsubstantiated allegation. the idea is usually demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever,” Fairfax said.
“I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated as well as false allegations,” he said. “Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth.”
“I will clear my not bad name as well as I have nothing to hide. I have passed two full field background checks by the FBI as well as run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like that will being raised before,” he said.
“the idea is usually obvious that will a vicious as well as coordinated smear campaign is usually being orchestrated against me,” Fairfax said, adding, “I will not resign.”
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for Fairfax to resign in a tweet Friday afternoon.
McAuliffe TWEET The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious as well as credible. the idea is usually clear to me that will he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.
Watson’s statement claims she was raped by Fairfax in 2000 in a “premeditated as well as aggressive” attack while they were both students at Duke University. The two were friends, nevertheless had never been romantically involved, according to the statement.
Watson’s decision to come forward was spurred by “a strong sense of civic duty as well as her belief that will those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character,” her lawyers said from the document.
She is usually not seeking any money in damages, the statement claims.
A brand new York Times reporter said in a tweet that will Watson has been employed as a “fundraising consultant.”
Joanthan Martin TWEET Watson was a year below Fairfax at Duke. She has worked as a fund-raising consultant. Kessler, her spokesperson, has done a not bad bit of work with Watson’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, on sexual misconduct cases.
Tyson, a politics professor at Scripps College in California, alleged that will Fairfax had forced her to engage in oral sex with him in 2004, after they first engaged in “consensual kissing” in his hotel room in Boston.
Fairfax has said the encounter was consensual — a claim Tyson rejects — as well as that will her accusation “simply is usually not true.”
The accusations against Fairfax are far via the only scandal roiling Virginia’s Democratic leadership.
The state’s governor, Ralph Northam, was hit with calls for his resignation via Republicans as well as Democrats alike after the idea was revealed that will Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page included a racist photo of a person in blackface next to another person wearing a KKK hood.
Northam reportedly told his staff Friday that will he will not resign over the controversy. If he did resign via office, Fairfax would certainly be next from the line of succession to fill his spot.
The next person from the line of succession after Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring, admitted that will he, too, wore blackface at a college party in 1980.
“Honest conversations as well as discussions will make the idea clear whether I can or should continue to serve as attorney general,” Herring said Wednesday.
If all three Democratic leaders resigned, then Republican Kirk Cox, the speaker of the House of Delegates, would certainly become governor.
Read the full statement via Meredith Watson here.