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A second woman has now accused Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

The top three Democrats in Virginia's state government are now dealing with various scandals - Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring both admitted to having worn blackface in the 1980s.

The five lawmakers who issued the joint statement wrote that Fairfax had "shown exceptionally poor judgment in his handling" of the sexual assault allegations. But now, several nationally prominent Virginians within his own party are calling on Fairfax to resign as well. Their client can provide two witnesses whom she told of her alleged encounter with Fairfax the day after it occurred, the lawyers said.

"That's all due to the Democrats in Virginia, they've done a terrific job - the three Democrats at the top - of making it easier for Republicans to defend Donald Trump", Sabato said.

Northam has ignored widespread calls to resign.

"I think the Democratic Party would lack credibility if they followed a double standard", said Representative Karen Bass of California, who is the head of the Congressional Black Caucus. Ms.

In response, Fairfax said the allegations are "demonstrably" false and called for a full investigation into the claims.

Fairfax vowed to clear his "good name" and noted he has passed Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks and run for office "with nothing like this being raised before".

"If either is found to be true - and there appears to be significant corroborating evidence - then the Lt Governor should resign immediately", Scott said in a tweet Friday night.

Watson replied: "Justin raped me in college and I don't want to hear anything about him".

Senior Democrats have already called on him to resign, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren.

Mr Fairfax, a Democrat, has denied the latest allegation, saying he is the victim of a smear campaign.

"Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession", the statement continued.

"At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character", Smith said, according to the written statement. Watson, who now lives in Maryland, did so after she received an email from a college friend in 2016 urging former Duke students to support the campaign of "our good friend Justin".

'It has taken time for me to make sure that it's not me, but I am convinced, I am convinced that I am not in that picture, ' he told reporters at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, calling the picture offensive and horrific.

One of the women, Vanessa Tyson, said in a statement earlier this week that at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Fairfax "put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch", and said that he "forced his penis into my mouth". Until a week ago, Fairfax was a rising star in the Democratic party, and is only the second African American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia.

She came forward days after the disclosure by a conservative website of a racist photo on Northam's 1984 yearbook page of two individuals - one in blackface and the other dressed in white robes of the Ku Klux Klan. While Northam has denied that he is in the photo, many people across the nation have called on him to resign. I ask that all three of us be respected during this process.

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