Top Va. senator Tommy Norment swept up in state blackface scandal

Top Va. senator Tommy Norment swept up in state blackface scandal

Top Va. senator Tommy Norment swept up in state blackface scandal

The embattled lieutenant governor of Virginia released a statement on Saturday, denying recent allegations of sexual assault and rape as the state continues to find its top Democratic leaders embroiled in scandal.

Watson's statement lends further credence to the account provided by Vanessa Tyson, who has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago in Boston, according to the joint statement from the five us representatives from Virginia.

Ms. Watson was upset to learn that Mr. Fairfax raped at least one other woman after he attacked her.

The statement said it was a "premeditated and aggressive" assault and that while Watson and Fairfax had been social friends, they were never involved romantically.

Watson's lawyer told the Post that her client only wants Fairfax to resign. The woman who made the new accusation, identified as Meredith Watson, was "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", the law firm that is representing her said in a statement.

Fairfax denied Watson's allegation in a statement Friday, The Washington Post reported, saying it was "demonstrably false". "It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor". Consequently, I call on all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me by Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth.

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".

This comes days after Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexual assault at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where they both worked.

Those denials are not enough for him to keep his job, according to his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature.


Democratic U.S. House members from Virginia have called on Fairfax to resign, as have Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey - both 2020 presidential contenders. "The time has come for him to step down".

Gov. Ralph Northam was in attendance at Saturday's funeral for a state trooper killed in a shootout.

Northam has now also said he can't be man in blackface because he's left handed and both people are holding beers in their right, according to reports.

Warner said Fairfax should resign if the allegations are "accurate". 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.

"The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible".

That call was echoed by almost every member of Virginia's national congressional delegation, including Rep. Jennifer Wexton.

The 59-year-old Democrat gave his first interview to the newspaper since the photograph surfaced. On Friday, she took that statement a step further.

Virginia GOP chair Jack Wilson weighs in on controversies involving Virginia governor, Lt. governor, and attorney general. Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, Jennifer Wexton, Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly who issued a joint statement.

Sen. Barbara Favola said "it's still a he-said, she-said", and suggested an investigation should be done in MA.

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