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A second woman has come forward to accuse Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape as Virginia's state Democratic leadership is enveloped in scandal.

Through her attorney, Meredith Watson said she shared her account of sexual assault immediately after it happened with several classmates, who have provided statements.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said on Wednesday that he had worn blackface to a party.

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

Fairfax, 39, insisted earlier this week that his encounter with a woman who has accused him of forcing himself on her sexually at a hotel in Boston in 2004 was entirely consensual. The release said the attack was "premeditated and aggressive", and that Watson told friends about the rape in a series of Facebook messages and emails. According to Watson's statement, the two were friends at Duke but never dated or had a romantic relationship.

Despite his denials of Watson's charge, Fairfax in the statement bizarrely expounded on the importance of listening to women who claim they were victims of sexual; assault or misconduct. "I will not resign", he said in a statement, calling for a full investigation and noting he has already passed FBI background checks.

Fairfax denied the newest claim, labeling it "demonstrably false".

"As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I can not endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page", Norment said. "I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide". He called the accusations "a vicious and coordinated smear campaign".

A top Virginia Republican served as an editor for a college yearbook that includes racial slurs and at least one image of a person in blackface.

"All survivors of sexual violence and harassment deserve to be supported and heard", they said, "and our commitment to that principle is more important than any political consideration".

Top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia's congressional delegation, swiftly and decisively turned against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who would become Virginia's second black governor if Northam quit.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, echoed her colleagues' calls.

Is anyone corroborating these allegations?

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As Virginia and the rest of the nation discuss and debate racist behavior relating to some of Virginia's highest elected government officials, another state political figure is in the spotlight.

"What she told us was pretty much exactly what was in the statement that she released but with vastly less detail", said Elizabeth Armstrong, a fellow at Stanford with Tyson.

"She said the alleged assault took place at a fraternity house". He said he didn't know Tyson and only knows what he has read in the paper.

"Have we tried unplugging Virginia for 15 minutes", said Comedy Central's The Daily Show it a Tweet.

Watson's spokesperson told New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin that Watson has no plans to bring a lawsuit.

Watson has requested that Fairfax resign.

What about the racism scandal?

Democrats called for investigation, not resignation, after Vanessa Tyson accused Justin Fairfax of sexual assault earlier this week.

Last Friday, Northam's history was called into question after a yearbook photo arose on his page showing two people dressed in blackface and a KKK robe.

On Friday he sent an email to state employees signalling his continued defiance of nearly universal calls for him to quit.

I want to assure you that the business of the Commonwealth and our duty as public servants will continue.

"Virginians deserve leaders they can trust and respect", Thomas concluded. The great-great-great-grandson of a slave, he is the second African American to hold statewide office in Virginia.


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