Second woman accuses Virginia deputy governor of assault

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"I will not resign", he said in a statement, calling for a full investigation and noting he has already passed FBI background checks.

Mr Fairfax's first accuser, Vanessa Tyson, came forward last week to allege he forced her to perform oral sex on him in his hotel room at the Democratic party convention in Boston in 2004.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, are facing calls to resign after they both admitted to wearing blackface decades ago.

"Despite all of the distractions from the continuing controversies involving our statewide elected officials, I am intent on fulfilling the work of the people of Virginia by passing a fiscally responsible budget that provides tax relief for working families", Norment said.

In a positive sign for Northam, even before he announced his plan to stay in the job, a lawmaker from Virginia's Democratic-leaning D.C. suburbs said Friday he won't call on the besieged governor to resign.

In the immediate wake of the allegations against Herring and Fairfax, many Democratic leaders and black members of the Virginia legislature leaders continued to call on Northam to resign but withheld judgment on the two others, saying in Fairfax's case that the allegations needed to be investigated more thoroughly.

The woman who came forward to accuse Fairfax on Friday said in a statement that he attacked her when they were students at Duke University in North Carolina. "It is obvious that a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me", he said.

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The caucus did not call on Herring to resign, saying instead that they "await further action on his part to reassure the citizens of the Commonwealth of his fitness for leadership". The photograph included one man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan white robe. He did, however, admit to putting shoe polish on his face when he dressed up as Michael Jackson for a talent show in 1984.

Kurtis Blow reacted negatively about Mark Herring dressing up as him in 1980 when the Virginia Attorney General was a 19-year-old college student at UVA, according to a video from TMZ.

"She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down", said Ms Adams. Fairfax has insisted that the encounter was consensual.

Apart from Watson's statement, there's additional corroboration, of sorts, of Tyson's assault claim against Fairfax.

Donald Trump predicted the turmoil in Virginia over racially offensive behaviour and alleged sexual assault would help flip the state back into the Republican column in 2020. "The Democrats have sacrificed their morals and values for political expediency".

The yearbook's revelation comes in the wake of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's own racist yearbook photo scandal. If Northam were to step down, the Democrats would lose the governorship to the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, who is next in the line of succession.

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