Several Of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s Staffers Reportedly Resigned

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

The woman at the center of Duke's investigation into a 1999 sexual assault told friends that Corey Maggette is the basketball player who she says raped her, according to a report by the New York Times.

Meredith Watson recently accused Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, Trinity '00, of sexually assaulting her. Watson, Trinity '01, also said that she had been raped by a men's basketball player while at Duke.

Duke officials told AP on Friday they had no immediate knowledge of the accusation against the basketball player but were researching the matter.

On Saturday, Fairfax issued a statement repeating his strong denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone and made clear he does not intend to immediately step down and says he is calling for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate. "And I also had a number of friends and classmates from medical school that called and said, 'Ralph that is not you" and that was comforting as well".

Four members of Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax's team have resigned days after the politician was accused of a second sexual assault.

"Mr. Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive", said Watson's lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith. Maggette said in a statement he had only learned about the sexual assault allegations through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson's lawyer. All 140 legislative seats will be up for grabs in November and Democrats had previously been hopeful that voter antipathy toward President Donald Trump would help them cement Virginia's status as a blue state.

Fairfax has forcefully denied both allegations. "From that time forward, colonial slave laws became more restrictive, further codifying the institution".

Attorney General Mark Herring (D) admitted wearing blackface as a college student when he dressed as a rapper and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R-James City) acknowledged he was the editor of a 1968 yearbook that included racial slurs and blackface photos.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him.

Vanessa Tyson, a California college professor, said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him at a Boston hotel in 2004.

"I have never had any trousers like that", Northam said.

The list of prominent Democrats who have said Fairfax must step down includes former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris, all 2020 presidential candidates. "The impeachment process is the only way for Virginia to have the investigation that LG Fairfax has demanded", Delegate hope added.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but both women have come forward voluntarily. Because of "the deep shame and humiliation" she suffered afterwards, she said she didn't speak of it for years.

If the Legislature is in session, the House would need a simple majority to vote to impeach Fairfax, said A.E. Dick Howard, a University of Virginia law professor.

"I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation", Fairfax said in a statement reported by the Washington Post Friday afternoon.

The debate centers on a clause in the Virginia Constitution that lists grounds for impeachment as "offending against the commonwealth by malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor".

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