2nd woman accuses Virginia official of sexual assault

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond Virginia

During Friday's "Special Report" All-Star panel, Thiessen - along with Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti and Washington Post opinion writer Charles Lane - weighed in on Fairfax's pending political future and how Democrats may handle the crisis. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is needed to remove Fairfax from office.

"I am writing to let you know that Justin Fairfax will be asked to step down from the Sanford School Board of Visitors pending the resolution of the serious and deeply distressing allegations that have been made against him", Kelley wrote.

In a statement, Nancy Erika Smith, the attorney for Meredith Watson, a college classmate of Fairfax, said "she was raped by Justin Fairfax in 2000, while they were both students at Duke University".

"As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I can not endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page", Norment said.

She wrote that she did not tell anyone about the assault for years, until in October 2017, when she learned of Fairfax's campaign for lieutenant governor.

He demanded a full investigation to "clear my good name".

"I believe these women, and I believe it is time for the lieutenant governor to resign", he said.

The statement said it was a "premeditated and aggressive" assault and that while Watson and Fairfax had been social friends, they were never involved romantically. He did not appear in the photo, Northam said, but dressed up in blackface in another incident for a Michael Jackson costume.

The Representatives join former Governor Terry McAuliffe who called for Fairfax's resignation earlier Friday afternoon.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax presides over the state Senate at the capitol on Thursday.

Fairfax, who was recently accused of sexually assaulting a woman while working at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, has now been accused by a Duke alumna of sexually assaulting her while they were undergraduate students on campus.

A number of top Virginia and national Democrats called for investigation - not resignation - in response to the first allegation leveled by Tyson, but there was a sense in Richmond that more allegations could shift that calculation for Democrats in the state.

Democrats had until now stopped short of calling for Mr Fairfax to quit, but the latest allegation opened the floodgates on Friday.

Other congressional Democrats made unqualified calls for Fairfax to resign.

Also on Wednesday, the man who is second in line to succeed Northam if he steps down, Attorney General Mark Herring, 57, acknowledged he, too, once donned blackface - a practice dating to 19th-century minstrel shows caricaturing slaves - to masquerade as a rapper.

Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls echoed those calls.

She came forward days after the disclosure by a conservative website of a racist photo on Northam's 1984 yearbook page of two individuals - one in blackface and the other dressed in white robes of the Ku Klux Klan. He first said he was in the picture, then denied it while at the same time acknowledging that he did wear blackface once at a dance contest.

Yet, if Fairfax does not by Monday, Hope has pledged to file articles of impeachment.

Dr. Tyson did not tell anyone in 2004 about the encounter with Mr. Fairfax, according to people close to her legal team, and she did not notify or file a complaint with police... And he was preparing to do just that, after scandal enveloped Northam and before Tyson accused Fairfax of sexual assault.

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