Fairfax Staffers Resign Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

In an interview broadcast Monday, Northam provided a more complete explanation of his statements that set off this whole crisis following the discovery of a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. "I have a lot more to learn", Northam said on CBS' "Face The Nation".

"Virginia needs someone that can heal".

He added, "That's why I'm not going anywhere".

In a CBS interview to be broadcast on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam said he had learned from the controversy that erupted on February 1 when a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook, and that as a former pediatrician he could help Virginians heal.

The governor originally acknowledged appearing in the photo and then backtracked the next day at a nationally televised news conference, where he said he did not believe he was in the photo, but did admit to donning blackface at a dance competition in Texas.

Ralph Northam says he has learned why blackface is offensive, after he admitted to darkening his face decades ago as part of a Michael Jackson costume.

GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM: Well, again we- we have worked very hard.

"African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

Virginia Democrats pressured Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax to resign on Monday over accusations of sexual assault which he denies, but held off on pursuing impeachment, with the Republican speaker of the state House urging restraint.

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Northam then weighed in on Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring's blackface scandal, suggesting that Herring may end up resigning over his scandal.

Northam and Herring are white; Fairfax is black. The Associated Press does not generally name victims of alleged sexual assault, but both women have come forward voluntarily.

"Also known as slavery", Gayle King said, interrupting him. In a poll conducted late last week by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, respondents were evenly divided as to whether Northam should resign. Fairfax instead has called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me". "To do so, would violate any principles I have of faith that says a person can not change", he told AFP.

"I have never had any trousers like that", Northam said. And Meredith Watson has come forward to claim he assaulted her during spring break in 2000 at the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house at Duke, where they were both students.

It went on to say Fairfax was cooperating in the investigation.

Her detailed description of an instance of consensual kissing-turned-forced oral sex is horrific, and even for an act that may have taken place before Fairfax entered politics, it's profoundly upsetting that such a man would think himself able and deserving of a leadership position.

Hunter said Fairfax deserves due process over sexual assault allegations made by two women.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him as lieutenant governor. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of getting Senate Pro Tem Steve Newman to serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

Northam's pledge Sunday to work on healing Virginia's racial divide was his second in as many days.

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