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Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Second Sexual Misconduct Charge

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Second Sexual Misconduct Charge

A second woman has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual misconduct, USA media reported Friday, further adding to the political turmoil in the eastern U.S. state.

According to Watson's attorneys, former classmates have provided statements corroborating the allegations and that she "immediately told friends that Fairfax had raped her".

Virginia Del. Patrick Hope (D - Arlington) said he would introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax Monday if the lieutenant governor has not resigned by then. "This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above".

Watson says she doesn't want any money from Fairfax - she just wants him to resign.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ralph Northam has faced calls for his resignation by fellow Democrats after it was revealed that there was a photo on his page in his medical school yearbook of a person in blackface next to another in a KKK uniform. Justin Fairfax of rape and call for his resignation.

Duke campus police have no criminal reports naming Fairfax, university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said.

"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before", he said.




Fairfax is also facing accusations of sexual assault from his first accuser, Vanessa Tyson, who came forward earlier this week to publicly accuse the 39-year-old of forcing her to perform oral sex during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Watson allegedly told Adams that the assault happened at a fraternity house: "She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down". Consequently, I call on all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me by Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and multiple Democratic presidential candidates have called on him to resign. "Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth".

Attorney General Mark Herring, who is second in line of succession, admitted putting on blackface in college.

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".

"At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character", the first statement said.

For example, he said, Virginia has a serious issue with infant and maternal mortality - "we've talked about it, now it's time to take action".

Carliss Chatman, a Washington & Lee Law School professor who graduated from Duke in 2001, said she has remained friends with Fairfax and hosted a political fundraiser for him. A picture of a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit on Northam's yearbook page surfaced last week, while Herring said Wednesday that he dressed in blackface in college.