Second Justin Fairfax accuser comes forward, alleges rape

Leroy Wright
February 9, 2019

Norment went on to say he was not in any of the photos "referenced on pages 82 or 122, nor did I take any of the photos in question".

Virginia's elected Democrats and most of the Democrats hoping to run against President Donald Trump in 2020 swiftly joined calls for Northam to resign after he took responsibility for a photo on his 1984 yearbook page showing one man posing in blackface with another in a Ku Klux Klan costume.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has also faced backlash for dressing in blackface when he was in college.

Amid the growing list of scandals rocking Virginia, with multiple politicians being urged to resign for previously dressing in blackface, it has been reported that State Senator Tommy Norment was once the editor of a college yearbook that featured racist photos and slurs.

Defying practically the entire Democratic Party, Gov. Ralph Northam told his top staff Friday that he is not going to resign over the racist-photo furor, while a second sexual-assault accusation was leveled against his lieutenant governor, the man who would succeed him if he stepped down.

Meanwhile, the state's lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, is facing an allegation of sexual assault, which he has repeatedly denied.

On Saturday, though, the governor reversed course and said he wasn't in the picture.

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As for Fairfax, the group called for a full investigation of the allegations but didn't call for his ouster. Cox, the House speaker, himself said Monday that there was "a rightful hesitation" among lawmakers to seek Northam's impeachment or removal.

Regarding the allegation against Fairfax, the district attorney's office in Boston declined to say whether it is investigating. Now Herring is struggling to shore up his political support amid calls for his resignation.

Virginia's two USA senators and seven Democratic congressmen released a joint statement saying the sexual assault accusation must be investigated, and Herring must continue to have "in-depth discussions" if he is to regain the public's trust.

Northam, 59, and Herring, 57, both white, have apologized in recent days for separate incidents during the 1980s in which they darkened their faces to imitate black performers.

In a statement on Instagram, Blow said, "It is my hope that these regrettable actions can be turned into teachable moments".

If all three Democrats were to lose their positions, the next in line to assume the governorship would be Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican.

While saying they were "shocked and saddened" to learn of Herring's past, the USA lawmakers described him as having "earnestly reached out to each of us to apologize and express his deep remorse" and said he was holding "in-depth discussions with leaders and others in Virginia". In addition, a classmate, Kaneedreck Adams, reportedly has told the Washington Post that Watson came to him in tears and said Fairfax had raped her.

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