Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Virginia: second woman accuses lieutenant governor of sexual assault

Virginia: second woman accuses lieutenant governor of sexual assault

He noted he was part of a seven-person team that oversaw the yearbook's publication and "cannot endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page".

A photo also surfaced from Mr. Northam's personal page out of his medical school yearbook that showed two men, one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

Green added that Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring have been emboldened "to a great extent because the Trump presidency has sent a message that you can be immune to the consequences of bigotry, by daring those with the authority and power to constitutionally remove you from office".

Virginia's congressional Democratic delegation have hinted at a possible pathway for easing a week-old political crisis that has embroiled Governor Ralph Northam and two fellow Democrats at the top of the state's executive branch.

But that grew significantly more complicated in the next days, as a woman came forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) of sexual assault.

"I believe this moment can be the first small step to open a discussion about these hard issues", Northam said.

Almost the entire Virginia Democratic establishment, as well as almost every Democratic presidential hopeful, called on him to resign.

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

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Regarding the allegation against Fairfax, the district attorney's office in Boston declined to say whether it is investigating.

Green said the refusal of Virginia's governor and attorney general to resign after admitting to wearing blackface "is but a symptom of a greater syndrome that now plagues our country as a result of not acting on President Trump's bigotry", the Hill reports. Northam at first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it a day later, but acknowledged he once put shoe polish on his face to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984.

The statement comes as the Commonwealth is reeling as the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general are all facing their own individual scandals.

Late on Thursday, the state's congressional delegation released a statement indicating a consensus of forgiveness might be emerging around Herring.

And in statements Thursday night, the state legislature's Black Caucus and Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation reiterated calls for the governor to step down, while the state House Democrats - who also previously called for Northam's resignation - said they remain disappointed in him.

Under the state constitution, the speaker of the House of Delegates, Republican Kirk Cox, 61, is third in line to succeed the governor.

Blow called Herring's blackface incident disrespectful, ugly and degrading. 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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