Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after calling for an investigation into Tyson's allegations, said the accusation by Watson was "sickening and horrendous" and should end Fairfax's time as lieutenant governor.
After a second woman came forward on Friday and accused Virginia's Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, rights groups and lawmakers described the allegations as credible and called on Fairfax to resign immediately.
"Fifteen years ago, when I was an unmarried law student, I had a consensual encounter with the woman who made the allegation", he said in a lengthy statement referring to his accuser, Meredith Watson.
The Smith Mullin statement said the alleged attack on Watson "was premeditated and aggressive", while also saying Fairfax and Watson "were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship". "Please, please, please remove me form any future emails about him please".
Fairfax emphatically denied the new allegation, as he did the first one. 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. Northam then used a freaky press conference on Saturday to take back his admission that he was in the photo, but to admit that he appeared in blackface at another time.
The pressure on Northam reached a crescendo Saturday when almost the entire Virginia Democratic establishment, as well as nearly every Democratic presidential hopeful, called on him to resign.
"I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations".
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Tyson explained that she chose to come forward to the public now after learning that Fairfax might become the new governor of Virginia. But within days Fairfax was fending off a scandal of his own as the same conservative website that first disclosed Northam's yearbook photo published oblique allegations that Fairfax had been accused of sexual assault. "I call for his immediate resignation", said McAuliffe on Twitter. He went on to say that "a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me".
Duke campus police have no criminal reports naming Fairfax, university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said.
We believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
The allegations come as political uncertainty engulfs Virginia following a photo from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook showing someone in a Ku Klux Klan costume and another in black face-a photo the governor originally said he was in before walking back that statement. Fairfax has denied the allegation and called the 2004 interaction, which both say took place in Boston at the Democratic National Convention, "100 percent consensual".
The top three Democrats in Virginia's state government are now contending with various controversies, including Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring admitting to having worn blackface in the 1980s. But he did not call for Fairfax to step down.
The congressional delegation indicated it was withholding final judgment on Herring, widely seen as showing more honest contrition, while he continued efforts to mend fences with Virginia's political establishment.
The three men, all Democrats who ran on the same ticket during Virginia's last election in 2017, continued to largely avoid the public and news media on Thursday. "Princeton does a great job at privileging the academy above all else, and I think that's a reason a lot of us come here, and few institutions are as well-equipped to do so".