The second woman to accuse embattled Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault claims the alleged incident occurred a year after she said she was also raped by an unnamed Duke basketball player, A.J.
But the latest allegation of rape brought a torrent of demands for Fairfax to quit, including collective calls for his ouster from all Democrats in the state House of Delegates and Senate, and the state Legislative Black Caucus. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is needed to remove Fairfax from office.
Justin Fairfax fights off allegations of sexual assault, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Marc Thiessen insisted Friday that those accusations fail to match the allegations made previous year against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Meredith Watson, the second woman to accuse him of sexual assault this week, released a statement Friday afternoon through her lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith.
However, Boothe said that with a second allegation against Fairfax, he may be "the most inclined to step down".
"I felt a responsibility to myself, the beloved students I teach, and the fearless women I've tried to help overcome their own trauma", she wrote. In a statement to the Washington Post, he said, "I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation". He vowed to clear his name against what he described as a "vicious and coordinated smear campaign" being orchestrated against him. Mr Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive. "They are serious, credible, and corroborated by others".
The governor, Ralph Northam told his top staff Friday that, despite intense pressure, he is not going to resign over the racist photo that appeared on his yearbook page, according to a top administration official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Terry McAuliffe called for Fairfax to resign soon after Watson's allegations surfaced, something he did not do after Tyson's allegations were made public in a lengthy, detailed statement.
"We serve as counsel for Meredith Watson, who was raped by Justin Fairfax in 2000, while they were both students at Duke University".
The developments came near the end of an astonishing week that saw all three of Virginia's top elected officials - all Democrats - embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals fraught with questions of race, sex and power. Watson allegedly told Adams that the assault happened at a fraternity house: "She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down".
In explaining the timing of her decision to go public, Tyson said she felt compelled to come forward after learning that Fairfax would likely succeed Ralph Northam as governor of Virginia due to the emergence of a racist photo from the Northam's 1984 medical-school yearbook. If Fairfax is claiming a one-night stand and Tyson simply doesn't do one-night stands because of past experiences, who's lying?
Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls echoed those calls.
Though Northam said he was not in that photo, after initially saying he was, he admitted to painting his face with shoe polish that year as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a dance contest.
The revelation about one of Virginia's most powerful Republicans comes as the state's Democratic governor and attorney general are facing calls to resign over their own admissions they wore blackface as young men. "As with Dr. Tyson's allegation, it needs to be investigated thoroughly because it impacts his ability to continue to serve the Commonwealth".