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PoliticsFairfax staffers resign as Virginia lieutenant governor battles sexual assault allegations

00:15  12 february  2019
00:15  12 february  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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

Virginia lieutenant governor on sexual assault allegations: 'The interactions were consensual' 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. "I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else," Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said in the statement. Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women. In his statement on Saturday, he acknowledges both interactions with the women, but says both instances were consensual.

Virginia : second woman accuses lieutenant governor of sexual assault . Read more. Fairfax has denied both allegations , called them part of a “smear campaign”, and said he won’t step down. Until a week ago, Fairfax was a rising star in the Democratic party, and is only the second African American

(Reuters) - Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax , who earlier this week was accused of a 2004 sexual assault that he. Fairfax , 39, who is first in line to succeed the state's embattled governor , Ralph Northam, a fellow Democrat under intense pressure to resign for his admitted racially offensive

Fairfax staffers resign as Virginia lieutenant governor battles sexual assault allegations© Getty Fairfax staffers resign as Virginia lieutenant governor battles sexual assault allegations Several staff members working for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) have resigned amid two accusations of sexual assault that have been brought against him.

The Washington Post and The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that two government staffers to Fairfax as well as two employees at his political action committee have resigned.

The government staffers who resigned are policy director Adele McClure and scheduling director Julia Billingsly.

The employees from the political action committee who quit are Dave Mills and Courtney McCargo. Mills was the executive director of the PAC, called We Rise Together, and McCargo was a fundraiser for the committee, according to the Times-Dispatch.

Virginia House Speaker calls on Fairfax to resign

Virginia House Speaker calls on Fairfax to resign House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox said in a statement that Justin Fairfax's ability to govern has been "permanently impaired."

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax faced a second accusation of sexual assault on Friday, when a woman accused him of raping her when they were fellow students at Duke University, adding to the chaos that has engulfed the state's top three elected officials. Fairfax denied both accusations.

Virginia 's lieutenant governor denies sex assault allegation . Democratic Lt. Justin Fairfax of Virginia strongly denied an uncorroborated sexual assault allegation first Fairfax 's office later said the unsubstantiated allegation he assaulted a woman when he was young Democratic staffer in

Fairfax spokesperson Lauren Burke is still employed by the PAC, while Larry Roberts - Fairfax's chief of staff - has also remained with him, according to the Times-Dispatch.

Virginia delegate plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax

Virginia delegate plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax Virginia delegate Patrick Hope has outlined his plans to offer up articles of impeachment against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. In an email to his House Democratic colleagues, Hope says he plans to file a resolution first thing Monday morning that lists the reasons he believes that Fairfax's conduct warrants removal from office. The embattled lieutenant governor of Virginia was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women. Fairfax released a statement on Saturday acknowledging both interactions with the women, but said both instances were consensual.

Justin Fairfax of sexual assault Friday, saying the Democrat raped her 19 years ago while they were both students at Duke University. Following news of a second accuser against Fairfax , Democratic state lawmakers in Virginia issued a call for Fairfax to resign , as did the Virginia Black Legislative

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax faced a second accusation of sexual assault on Friday, when a woman accused him of raping her when they were fellow students at Duke University, adding to the chaos that has engulfed the state's top three elected officials. Fairfax denied both accusations.

Burke declined to tell the Post why the employees resigned.

"This is a part-time office, so it's not a big staff to begin with," Burke said.

Two women, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, have come forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault.

Watson's attorney released a statement last week alleging Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University. Tyson has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Fairfax has said both encounters were consensual.

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