Justin Fairfax is holding onto his job as Lt. Governor of Virginia by a thread. The Democrat has been in the news all week because of a credible accusation of sexual abuse. But now a second woman has come forward.
The Hill reports:
Second woman accuses Va. lieutenant gov of sexual assault
A second woman has come forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) of sexual assault, spurring numerous calls from members of his party for him to resign.
A lawyer for Meredith Watson said in a statement Friday that Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University.
The alleged attack was “premeditated and aggressive,” the statement said. It added that Watson and Fairfax were friends but did not have a romantic relationship.
According to her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, Watson told several friends her account of sexual assault immediately after it happened.
Fairfax denied the allegation in a statement Friday evening, claiming it was part of “a vicious and coordinated smear campaign” and vowing, “I will not resign.”
“I have never forced myself on anyone ever,” he said in the statement reported by Fox 5 DC.
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People in his own party are calling on him to step down:
The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) February 8, 2019
With this second serious and credible allegation of sexual assault, Justin Fairfax should resign. This is not a partisan issue.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) February 8, 2019
He might be finished.
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