Ralph Northam won't resign, will start a racial 'reconciliation tour'


A second woman has come forward with sexual assault allegations against Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the United States (US) Justin Fairfax. "Mr. Fairfax then used this prior assault against Ms. Watson, as he explained to her during the only encounter she had with him after the rape".

The Smith Mullin statement said the alleged attack on Watson "was premeditated and aggressive", while also saying Fairfax and Watson "were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship".

Police officials in Durham, North Carolina, where Duke is, said they had no records of an accusation against Fairfax in 2000. She turned and asked, 'Why did you do it?' Mr. Fairfax answered: "I knew that because of what happened to you past year, you'd be too afraid to say anything". Another woman said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004.

Tim Kaine and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, have called for Fairfax to step down after a second woman came forward on Friday to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault.

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax looked like the party's salvation.

Watson's attorney also produced an email exchange from October 2016 between her client and Milagros Joye Brown, another friend from Duke, that details the alleged assault.

Should all three men be forced to resign, Democrats would lose the governorship to the state's Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, who is third in the line of succession, after Fairfax and Herring.

On Saturday, he denied he was in the picture and said he was not immediately resigning but left his long-term fate unclear.

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is still refusing to resign in the wake of the yearbook blackface scandal, according to reports.

Carliss Chatman, a Washington & Lee Law School professor who graduated from Duke in 2001, said she has remained friends with Fairfax and hosted a political fundraiser for him.

Northam seemed chastened and subdued as he described a week of grappling with what "white privilege" means, with the reality of African-American history, and with the personal failing of growing up after desegregation and the civil rights era while somehow not realising that donning blackface is offensive.

Fairfax has emphatically denied both allegations and said he won't step down.

Fairfax has denied Watson's allegations, claiming there is a "smear campaign" targeting him.

The 59-year-old Democrat gave his first interview to the newspaper since the photograph surfaced.

Top Democrats running for president in 2020 called for Fairfax's resignation, including Sens. It has been an especially devastating time for the great Commonwealth of Virginia.

A Democratic member of the state House, Del. "I want to heal that pain, and I want to make sure that all Virginians have equal opportunity...and I think I'm the person that can do that for Virginia".

The tumult in Virginia began late last week, with the discovery of the photo on Northam's yearbook profile page that showed someone in blackface standing beside another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

The Democrats' statement says they take the issues and allegations facing Virginia's top three elected officials seriously and they'll be taking the pulse of their constituents over the weekend.

Northam said he has had painful conversations this week with black lawmakers - who continue to call publicly for him to resign - about the issue of blackface, and why it was wrong for him to darken his face to portray Michael Jackson in a San Antonio dance contest in 1984, as he has admitted doing. He is only the second African-American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia.

"The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia presides over the Virginia Senate and must be prepared to fill the role of Governor", they said.