Virginia lieutenant governor on sexual assault allegations: 'The interactions were consensual'

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Watson's representatives declined to provide further documentation and said their client would not be talking to journalists. "Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her".

"I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation". 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". He said that an "independent investigation" being conducted by Eastern Virginia Medical School is aimed at clearing up the facts around it.

Fairfax continues to deny accusations, including the latest one by Watson. That is true. Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke.

I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else. Duke University spokesman Keith Lawrence told USA Today the school is "looking into" the allegation.

The woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were Duke students 20 years ago also says a Duke basketball player raped her.

Earlier this week, college professor Vanessa Tyson alleged in a graphic statement that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The man spoke to AP on condition of anonymity out of concern publication of his name would damage his career. The man said he finds it almost impossible to believe that Tyson would have performed oral sex without being forced.

The first sexual assault allegation against Fairfax, which reportedly occurred in 2004, surfaced earlier in the week.

She left a campus party when he arrived, and he followed her out.

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Watson also confided in a friend after seeing that Fairfax was running for office.

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.

Watson's allegations triggered an avalanche of calls by top officials in the Democratic Party, including presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Corey Booker, for their colleague to step down. "Please, please, please remove me form any future emails about him please". "She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life".

On Friday evening, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia's House and Senate jointly called on Fairfax to resign.

"Mr. Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive", Watson's lawyers said.

In his first interview since the release of a blackface photo in his medical school's yearbook, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told the Washington Post Saturday that he vows to spend the remaining three years of his term pursuing "equity".

Democrats have until now focused their resignation calls on Governor Ralph Northam. Virginia delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat, said Friday night he will be bringing articles of impeachment against Fairfax.

As the crisis widened by midweek, Democratic leaders appeared willing to give both Fairfax and Herring the benefit of the doubt for the time being - in Herring's case, because he apologized personally for wearing blackface.

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