Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. of sexual assault

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And as the scandal in Virginia continues to boil, she told CBS's Face the Nation that she also expects the state's No 2, Democratic lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, will "do the right thing for Virginia and resign", citing "extremely credible" allegations of sexual assault made against him last week by two women.

Instead, Northam, in his first one-on-one interview since the scandal broke last week, says he will finish out his term, where he will "pursue an agenda of racial reconciliation and 'equity, '" reports Fortune magazine. They need to be taken seriously.

Ralph Northam told Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" that he contemplated resigning, but believes he can take the Commonwealth "to the next level" if he remains in office. "I also think this needs to be looked into". "That's why I'm not going anywhere".

"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..." "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively".

Watson also claimed Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax raped her during her time as a student.

The Virginia governor is already under pressure to resign after a photo emerged of his yearbook page featuring two people, one in blackface and one dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member.

In his initial apology, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said that the photo does not represent who he is now. Since then, the state's No. 3 official, Attorney General Mark Herring, also admitted to appearing in blackface while at the University of Virginia in 1980.

When asked Saturday night which basketball player Watson was referencing, Erin Friedlander of Evergreen Partners-the group issuing the statement on behalf of Watson-said the firm was "only providing the information contained in our statements at this time".

Tyson said the encounter at a Boston hotel room while she and Fairfax were working at the DNC in 2004 began with kissing that was "not unwelcome", but escalated quickly to non-consensual oral sex.

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Seven out of 10 Virginians do not believe Northam's excuses in his February 2 new conference after his earlier apology, according to WaPo.

"I'm not sure that it's true or not, but there's an allegation". Fairfax denied Watson's claims.

On Friday, a second woman, Meredith Watson, alleged that Fairfax had raped her in a "premeditated and aggressive" incident that she says took place when they both were attending Duke University in 2000.

Northam said he planned to focus on addressing issues stemming from inequality, including improving access to health care, housing, and transportation.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican Cox would become governor.

Trump tweeted on Sunday about "the double standard" in Virginia, where white officials who've admitted to wearing blackface now stand in judgment over the state's highest ranking African American.

Other congressional Democrats made unqualified calls for Fairfax to resign.

"On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then", Hope wrote on Twitter.

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