Second Woman Accuses Virginia Democrat Justin Fairfax Of Rape

Saul Bowman
February 9, 2019

The delegation - consisting of the state's two U.S. senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and seven USA representatives - repeated its call for Northam to resign, and said the allegations against Fairfax "need to be taken very seriously", though it stopped short of demanding a formal investigation.

In analyzing the allegation that Virginia's Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax, committed sexual assault in 2004, I've argued that, in the absence of corroborating evidence, Fairfax's denial should be credited, or at least should keep him in office. It is demonstrably false.

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. 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. He went on to say that "a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me".

Meredith Watson claims Fairfax's "attack was premeditated and aggressive" when the two were students at Duke University, according to her lawyer's statement. "I urge everyone to take survivors of sexual assault seriously, and to help build an environment that is safe and supportive for everyone".

But then a woman came forward saying Fairfax's possible promotion compelled her to publicly accuse him of sexually assaulting her. Fairfax says their encounter 15 years ago was consensual, leaving those who would judge him uncomfortably bereft of conclusive evidence.

The allegation comes days after Scripps College professor Vanessa Tyson first accused Fairfax of assaulting her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, as The Washington Post and others reported.

The allegation first became public Sunday evening on the conservative website Big League Politics.

She did not identify her assailant by name to all of them, apparently, saying in some cases that he was someone whose "political career had since taken off".

Gov. Ralph Northam is facing his own blackface controversy after a picture from his EVMS yearbook page depicted a KKK costume and a person in blackface.

"She was upset", Adams said. "It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor", he tweeted Friday after Watson's allegation surfaced.

In the uproar immediately following revelations last weekend about Northam's 1984 blackface appearance and a racist yearbook photo of two individuals - one in blackface and the other dressed in white robes of the Ku Klux Klan - calls for Northam's resignation quickly escalated. She turned and asked: "'Why did you do it?' Mr. Fairfax answered: "'I knew that because of what happened to you previous year, you'd be too afraid to say anything'".

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 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.

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