Va. lt. gov. says alleged sexual assault ‘interactions were consensual'

Northam accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond Virginia

The allegations come as Virginia's state politics continue to swirl, after Gov. Ralph Northam admitted to and then denied being in a photo showing a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit and a person in blackface that was on his page in his medical school yearbook.

Northam at first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it a day later, but acknowledged he once put shoe polish on his face to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", Northam said.

"Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass", Northam told co-host Gayle King.

In spite of calls from him to be 86'd from the political landscape, in his interview with King, which will air on CBS This Morning on Monday- Northam reiterates that he has no plans to resign.

The governor also said his lieutenant governor would have "no choice" but to step down if the accusations against him turned out to be true. Beyer called that a "damning" number for a Democratic official in Virginia, despite 58 percent of the African-Americans surveyed saying Northam should stay in office.

"And this is regardless of party because Northam, of course, is a Democrat", says Dagnes, who has studied and written extensively about political scandals.

Northam also offered forgiveness for Herring, who after disclosing that he darkened his face when dressing up like rapper Kurtis Blow in college has largely avoided the blizzard of calls for his resignation that have dogged Fairfax and Northam. Northam and Herring - and the allegations against Mr. Fairfax - are an embarrassing burden for Virginians.

We have also learned Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, R-James City, was the editor of a college yearbook in 1968 that included racially insensitive images and captions. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor,"former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Friday after Watson's allegation surfaced. A lot of individuals across Virginia have been hurt", Northam said in the 1813 Executive Mansion.

On behalf of our client, we have notified Justin Fairfax through his attorneys that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office. Northam is vowing to start an honest conversation on race to begin to heal Virginia's lingering racial legacy.

Speaking to "CBS This Morning" in an interview to be broadcast on February 11, Northam said he had considered resigning in the wake of the political fallout but said he had learned from the controversy. The latter, a Democratic freshman who won election to national office in 2018, asserted earlier this week that she believed Tyson.

He added: 'I overreacted.

The lieutenant governor denies both of the allegations.

On Friday, a second woman, Meredith Watson, alleged that Fairfax had raped her in a "premeditated and aggressive" incident that she says took place when they both were attending Duke University in 2000.

In his comments to CBS, Northam stopped short of joining the growing chorus of leading Democrats saying that Fairfax needs to quit his post.

"It doesn't feel plausible at all", she said of Watson's allegations.

Should all three men be forced to resign, Democrats would lose the governorship to the state's Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, who is third in the line of succession, after Fairfax and Herring. Both of Fairfax's accusers, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, announced over the weekend that they would be willing to testify at an impeachment hearing if called upon.

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