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Ralph Northam told CBS Sunday morning that he's "not going anywhere", days after a racist yearbook photo resurfaced.

"Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old", Watson's lawyers says in a statement emailed to NPR. "And I'm going to improve my life and do better and be in a position where I can help other people".

The controversy began when a conservative website earlier this month publicized Northam's page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook where a photo of two people - one in blackface and the other in a KKK uniform - holding beers are included with photos of Northam.

Northam initially apologised for being in the photo then, the following day, staged a freaky press conference where he denied being in that picture but admitted to dressing in blackface for a social event that same year.

King asked Northam whether he owned the distinctive plaid trousers worn by the person in blackface in the photo in his yearbook.

"Well again, we have worked very hard, we've had a good first year, and I'm a leader. I've been in some very difficult situations, life-and-death situations..."

On Saturday, Fairfax issued a statement repeating his strong denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone and made clear he does not intend to immediately step down and says he is calling for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate. Herring, who would become governor if both Northam and Fairfax leave office, initially made a forceful call for Northam to step down, but then he too acknowledged wearing blackface at a party in 1980.

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RICHMOND, VA - FEBRUARY 07: Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol, February 7, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Until a week ago, when the accusations had not yet been leveled against him, it appeared that he might become governor if Northam, who is white, acceded to wide demands from Republicans and Democrats alike that he resign. I will tell you that later that night I had a chance to step back, take a deep breath, look at the picture and said, "This is not me in the picture, ' " Northam told King.

The list of prominent Democrats who have said Fairfax must step down includes former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris, all 2020 presidential candidates. "Yes", Northam replied, continuing, "And while we have made a lot of progress in Virginia-slavery has ended". Fairfax instead has called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me".

Another clip released by CBS News showed Northam discussing his lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women.

Fairfax, 39, has said his encounter with a woman who accused him of forcing himself on her sexually in Boston in 2004 was entirely consensual. I said that's not me either. "Justin has agreed to cooperate with the firm's investigation".

But as the museum makes clear, they were still slaves - Africans who were brought to these shores against their will, and forced to work without pay.

Northam's public response to the photo was freaky. "A lot of individuals across Virginia have been hurt", Northam said in the 1813 Executive Mansion.


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