McAuliffe calls for Fairfax's resignation after second sexual assault allegation

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called on the state's Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) to resign after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

“The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation,” he tweeted Friday.

Lawyers for the second woman, Meredith Watson, released a statement Friday saying Fairfax raped her  in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University, adding that the alleged attack was “premeditated and aggressive.”


Fairfax did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding Watson’s claim. 

Vanessa Tyson was the first woman to accuse Fairfax of assault earlier this week, saying the lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault,” Tyson, a college professor from California, said in a statement Wednesday. “Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him.”

Fairfax admitted the two had a sexual encounter at the time, but insisted it was consensual.

Some prominent Democrats have come out in support of Tyson after her detailed statement became public. 

“I support Dr. Tyson. She showed enormous courage in coming forward, and her very credible claims require investigation. In this country, institutional bias stacks against survivors, for the powerful. We have to support survivors first so their claims can be fully investigated,” Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE (D-N.Y.), who is running for president in 2020, tweeted Thursday.

The scandal surrounding Fairfax comes as another embroils Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) over their past use of blackface.