In a statement, Fairfax called the accusation an "unsubstantiated allegation" and vowed to remain in his post. The Virginia lieutenant governor denied the claim in a late-night tweet. It is 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.
Bottom line: I think Tyson's telling the truth but I don't feel confident enough absent contemporary evidence to risk ruining Fairfax's life over it.
It continued, "I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide". 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.
Allegations against Fairfax first emerged Sunday on a conservative website from Stanford University fellow Vanessa Tyson, who released a personal statement Wednesday after hearing Fairfax describe their interaction as consensual in a statement, claiming that he was victim to a smear campaign and threatening to pursue legal action against Tyson.
According to Ms Watson's legal representatives Smith Mullin, former classmates have provided statements corroborating Ms Watson's allegations and stating that she "immediately told friends that Mr Fairfax had raped her".
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax presides over a session of the state senate inside the capital building in dowtown Richmond, on February 4, 2019.
Fairfax is already facing allegations that he sexually assaulted California politics professor Vanessa Tyson in his hotel room during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. "The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible".More news: Michelle Rodriguez dragged for defending Liam Neeson
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"Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke". Mr. Fairfax actually used the prior rape of his "friend" against her when he chose to rape her in a premeditated way.
Calls for Northam's resignation among Virginia's Democratic establishment were almost universal early on, with at least five Democratic candidates for the White House joining the chorus.
"She was upset", Adams said. Now Herring is struggling to shore up his political support amid calls for his resignation.
Terry McAuliffe, who served as the state's governor from 2014 to 2018, called for Fairfax to step down.
Northam, a former US Army doctor who took office a year ago, has resisted mounting pressure to resign since a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced last week.
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.
Given the fact that this is 1968 we're talking about, the revelation by Norment doesn't seem like quite as big a shock as those involving Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring.
The twin developments came at the end of a turbulent week that saw all three of Virginia's top elected officials - all Democrats - embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals.