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Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

The woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were Duke students 20 years ago also says a Blue Devils basketball player raped her in 1999. The Times reported Monday that both a childhood friend of Watson's, and Facebook messages Watson exchanged with another friend, identified the player in question as Maggette, who went on to play 14 years in the National Basketball Association after attending Duke for one year.

On Saturday, Fairfax issued a statement repeating his strong denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone and made clear he does not intend to immediately step down and says he is calling for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate.

Northam said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that it's been a hard week since a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced, showing a person wearing blackface next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Hope, the white Democratic lawmaker who had called for Fairfax's impeachment, renewed his call for the lieutenant governor to resign while saying he was discussing whether impeachment was the best solution.

In a statement Monday evening, Watson's attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, said Virginia should hold public hearings so Fairfax can not "assault the character of his victims in secret". Maggette said in a statement he had only learned about the sexual assault allegations through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson's lawyer. Fairfax then sent a letter to NBC Universal demanding that NBC correct reports that he directed profanities toward the professor, adding that the news outlet "cease and desist from attributing any other false and unsubstantiated statements to Fairfax", according to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. I didn't find out about it until late (Friday), and I have no knowledge about it.

"It turns out that Mr. Fairfax does not want due process; he wants to assault the character of his victims in secret, not in public, and certainly not under oath", Smith wrote.

Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring are still trying to regain their political standing after awkwardly acknowledging that they each once wore blackface as young men in the 1980s. "The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor", he added.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him. I have never forced myself on anyone ever. "And we're looking forward to these independent investigations to get at the truth", Fairfax told the Post. She said she told classmates and friends of the attack after it occurred.

How did Northam know it was hard to remove shoe polish - as he said in that same news conference - unless he had performed in blackface before?

The Associated Press typically does not identify those who say they were sexually assaulted, but both Tyson and Watson issued public statements using their names. Because of "the deep shame and humiliation" she suffered afterwards, she said she didn't speak of it for years. Both Tyson and Watson said they would cooperate - just like Blasey Ford.

The latest call for impeachment hearings comes after Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope backed off his plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday morning. "It has been an especially devastating time for the great Commonwealth of Virginia", he said.

If the Legislature is in session, the House would need a simple majority to vote to impeach Fairfax, said A.E. Dick Howard, a University of Virginia law professor.

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