Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

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"Well I know Attorney General Herring well, as I do Lt. Gov. Fairfax, and you know we have all grown", Northam said. She also expressed dismay about his run for political office. "I also think this needs to be looked into". Utterly shocked and terrified, I tried to move my head away but could not because his hand was holding down my neck and he was much stronger than me.

While the blackface scandal has certainly taken a toll on Governor Ralph Northam's approval ratings, another recent poll shows that an overwhelming majority of black Virginians do not want Northam to resign.

Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor has urged authorities to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him, but hasn't heeded calls to resign and it is unclear what comes next for the once-rising star of the state Democratic Party.

Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation was split. On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place. Here he is gavelling a session to order Friday in Richmond. Tyson claims that an encounter with Fairfax "began as consensual kissing" and "quickly turned into a sexual assault".

Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from state House and Senate Democrats, the Legislative Black Caucus, former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's two USA senators - Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, also both Democrats - and several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls.

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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. Meredith Watson, a classmate of Fairfax's at Duke University, claims that he assaulted her in college in 2000 in an "attack [that] was premeditated and aggressive".

"Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media", the statement said.

"That has served as an unfortunate lesson now for politicians who are in office".

In his initial apology, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said that the photo does not represent who he is now.

"When politicians are given the cue that if they just keep their mouth closed and they disappear for a little while, it'll all go away, they're wrong". Tyson has said she was sexually molested by a family member as a child.

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Northam said that while the state has made progress since the first slaves arrived at what is now Fort Monroe in 1619, work remains to address the racial inequities.

"Every now and again, we slip up, we fall, and we have a responsibility to dust ourselves off and seek for full healing and reconciliation - but reconciliation that is based upon the one who has been offended, not the offender", Howard explains. Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from many people, including several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Other journalists and critics weren't so sure that Northam committed a grand gaffe on Sunday (though no one disputes how much trouble he's created for himself generally).

The allegations against Fairfax are attached to one of the most turbulent weeks in the history of Virginia politics.

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