"We have heard from numerous press sources that in response to Meredith Watson revealing that Justin Fairfax raped her when she was a student at Duke, Mr. Fairfax has chosen to attack his victim again, now smearing her with the typical "she's nuts" defense".
Northam, now a year into his four-year term, announced his intention to stay at a Friday afternoon Cabinet meeting, according to a senior official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Police officials in Durham, North Carolina, where Duke is, said they had no records of an accusation against Fairfax in 2000.
Regarding Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in college both before and after the encounter, and she never said to me that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort.
"If I had it to do over I would step back and take a deep breath", he said.
The lawyers said Watson told friends of the alleged rape in emails and Facebook messages she sent in 2016 and 2017 - notes that the lawyers included as screenshots with their statement. "The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship".
Watson's representatives declined to provide further documentation and said their client would not be talking to journalists.
"I can not believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual". "I will not resign". Northam said the experience, as well as week of reports highlighting his behavior, has taught him that the incident could be therapeutic. The latter, a Democratic freshman who won election to national office in 2018, asserted earlier this week that she believed Tyson.
Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is next in line for the governorship if Governor Ralph Northam - who faces intense pressure to resign over a racist yearbook photo - decides to step down. "Lieutenant-Governor Fairfax has suggested and called for an investigation, I strongly support that". Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA. Gillibrand called the details "sickening and horrendous".
Fairfax also denied the second allegation on Friday and said he would not resign.
The Virginia Black Legislative Caucus joined calls for Fairfax's departure.
In his own statement later Friday night calling for Fairfax's resignation, Sen. Additionally, the firm said it possessed statements from former classmates corroborating that Watson had immediately told friends about the alleged rape.
If Fairfax were to leave, there's no consensus on who could replace him.
Nor has the scandal left Virginia Republicans unscathed.
Another black lawmaker, who he also declined to name, made a powerful point about white privilege, Northam said: That a white person who makes a mistake gets a second chance, while a black person might not.