McAuliffe wrote, "The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible".
Meredith Watson said in a letter sent by her lawyer on Friday that Fairfax raped her in 2000, while the two were friends at Duke University. "By December 2017, I not only told many friends that Mr. Fairfax had sexually assaulted me, but I also reached out to a personal friend at The Washington Post and spoke to his colleague about the assault".
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after calling for an investigation into Tyson's allegations, said the accusation by Watson was "sickening and horrendous" and should end Fairfax's time as lieutenant governor. The Virginia lieutenant governor denied the claim in a late-night tweet.
Likewise, Watson's allegation "comes after Dr. Vanessa Tyson, now a professor at Scripps College, released a detailed statement earlier this week saying that Fairfax had physically forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention".
Virginia's Democratic members of Congress have issued a statement on the political scandals in Richmond. Her lawyers say they have emails and Facebook postings that back this up.
The upper levels of Virgina's government are embroiled in ongoing controversy, with the top three Democrats facing accusations of either racism or sexual assault. Northam then used a freaky press conference on Saturday to take back his admission that he was in the photo, but to admit that he appeared in blackface at another time. "I call for his immediate resignation", said McAuliffe on Twitter.
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A blurb under one man's picture says: "He was known as the "Barracks Jew" having his fingers in the finances of the entire Corps". It is unacceptable that either of these weighty responsibilities be entrusted to someone who has engaged in the behavior described by Dr. Tyson and Meredith Watson, particularly in light of Gov. Northam's situation, which we continue to believe requires his resignation. But the governor left his long-term plans open, saying he would reassess his decision not to resign if it became clear he had no viable path forward.
National and local Democrats spent the next days demanding that Northam resign, attempting to pressure him out of office.
Fairfax's spokeswoman, Lauren Burke, said "we're calling for an investigation on all of these matters". It shows one person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.
The high-end designer Gucci has apologized for selling a sweater that looks like blackface in the wake of the scandal involving Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring. Herring had previously called on Northam to resign and came forward after rumors about the existence of a blackface photo of him began circulating at the Capitol. He has not indicated whether he is thinking of stepping down at this time.
It has been a painful week for all Virginians, and I am deeply sorry for causing this distraction from your important work.
The stakes couldn't be higher with Democrats in the governor's mansion but Republicans still controlling the legislature: If Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring all resign, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would be in charge.