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REMARKS: Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault

emoji-ts Updated 12 days ago, Mon Feb 11, 2019
Virginia Lt. Gov. accusers say they will testify if state has impeachment proceedings
Tim Kaine

“Lieutenant Governor Fairfax should resign. The allegations against him detail atrocious crimes, and he can no longer effectively serve the Commonwealth, We cannot ever ignore or tolerate sexual assault.”

Justin Fairfax Asked To Step Down After Second Sexual Assault Allegation
Kamala Harris

“The allegations by Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson are corroborated, painful stories of sexual assault and rape, It’s clear Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax should resign his office.”

Virginia Dems Push Fairfax to Resign or Face Impeachment
VLBC

“In light of the most recent sexual assault allegations against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus believe it is best for Lt. Governor Fairfax to step down from his position. We remain steadfast in our conviction that every allegation of sexual assault or misconduct be treated with the utmost seriousness”

US Sen Kaine calls on Virginia No. 2 to resign
Mark Warner

“Sexual assault is never acceptable, and survivors of violence and harassment deserve to be heard. If these allegations concerning Lieutenant Governor Fairfax are accurate, then they are clearly disqualifying”

Top Democrats Call On Virginia's Justin Fairfax To Resign After 2nd Sexual Assault Allegation
Mark Warner

“In the past week, the people of the Commonwealth have been subjected to what seems like an unending barrage of revelations about the past actions, both admitted and alleged, of their elected leaders, Resolving this crisis will require a government with the confidence of the people, justice for those who have been harmed, and a path forward that promotes healing and reconciliation.”

Democrat Virginia Delegate Readies Impeachment Articles Against Fairfax
Patrick Hope

“On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then.”

Virginia lt. governor's accusers willing to testify at impeachment proceedings, attorneys say
Patrick Hope

“There's no question that violent sexual assault clearly qualifies as a high crime, I believe these women. He needs to resign immediately.”

Dem delegate backs down on Justin Fairfax impeachment push
Patrick Hope

“Yesterday I sent draft language to my colleagues on the first step of an impeachment action regarding the Lt. Governor, There has been an enormous amount of sincere and thoughtful feedback which has led to additional conversations that need to take place before anything is filed.”

Virginia Democrats weigh impeachment of Lt. Gov. Fairfax
Patrick Hope

“It is not impeachment, It is a process to investigate whether the Courts Committee would recommend impeachment.”

second woman accuses lieutenant governor of sexual assault
Terry McAuliffe

“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”

Calls mount for Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign after second sex assault accusation
Susan Swecker

“While the Lieutenant Governor deserves due process in this matter, it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth that he goes through this process as a private citizen”

Justin Fairfax put on leave by law firm in wake of sex assault allegations
Larren M. Nashelsky

“We take the allegations against Justin very seriously, As a firm, we believe that it is important to seriously listen to any allegation of sexual assault or harassment, and to treat all persons making such allegations with respect and sensitivity.”

Virginia Delegate Plans to Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Lt. Gov. Fairfax Amid Sexual Assault Accusations
Lauren Burke

“The Lt. Governor is aggressively exploring options for a thorough, independent, and impartial investigation of these allegations. We hope, for example, that the FBI will show a willingness to investigate.”

Virginia lawmakers mull options for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax amid impeachment talk
Lauren Burke

“He believes that an inherently political process is not the most likely path for learning the truth, The lieutenant governor is confident in the truth that will emerge from an independent impartial investigation.”

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Faces Impeachment Threat and Calls to Resign
A. Donald McEachin

“Given recent developments, I believe that it is best for the Commonwealth of Virginia if Justin Fairfax dealt with these accusations as a private citizen, He can no longer serve us as the lieutenant governor of Virginia.”

Justin Fairfax Asked To Step Down After Second Sexual Assault Allegation
Elizabeth Warren

“These credible and troubling allegations from Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson make it clear that Lt. Gov Fairfax should resign. My heart goes out to these brave women and their families”

Second woman accuses Virginia Lt.-Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault
Chap Petersen

“I will not request the Governor's resignation, Nor will I request any other official to resign until it is obvious that they have committed a crime in office or their ability to serve is irredeemably compromised.”

Justin Fairfax calls for FBI to investigate sex assault claims
The Washington Post

“I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else. Our American values don’t just work when it’s convenient — they must be applied at the most difficult of times”

Second Woman Alleges She Was Sexually Assaulted by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax
Vanessa Tyson

“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault. Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch. Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis. He then forced his penis into my mouth”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax calls for investigation into sexual assault allegations
Vanessa Tyson

“I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual. To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent”

Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of 'premeditated and aggressive' sexual assault
Vanessa Tyson

“I felt a jarring sense of both outrage and despair”

Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault
Carliss Chatman

“He's a fighter, When you rise as quickly as he did and go from people having no idea who you are to being the lieutenant governor . . . He expected it; he expected [people] would come out of the woodwork. . . . I think it's unfortunate that this is the way politics works.”

Calls mount for Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign after second sex assault accusation
Aubrey Layne

“I went up to him after and let him know that I was going to be supportive of him, I’m convinced that he does have an understanding of what it’s going to take both personally and politically and governance-wise to move forward. . . . It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to support him as long as I’m able to do what is right for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Racist frat party photos raise questions about Mississippi lieutenant governor
Laura Hipp

“As a quick Google search will show, Lt. Gov. Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Like every other college student, he did attend costume formals and other parties, and across America, Kappa Alpha’s costume formal is traditionally called Old South in honor of the Civil War veteran who founded the fraternity in the 1800s.”

Calls mount for Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign after second sex assault accusation
Justin Fairfax

“This has been a devastating week for my family. It has been an especially devastating time for the great Commonwealth of Virginia”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Accused of Sexual Assault by Two Women
Justin Fairfax

“I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever, I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth. I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide.”

Democratic Party of Virginia wants Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax out amid sexual assault claims
Justin Fairfax

“I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide. I have passed two full field background checks by the FBI and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before, It is obvious that a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me.”

Virginia Dems Push Fairfax to Resign or Face Impeachment
Justin Fairfax

“As an officer of the court and a former federal prosecutor, I have dedicated my life to the law and due process, Consequently, I call on all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me by Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson. I ask that all three of us be respected during this process.”

Virginia governor and his No. 2 resist calls to quit amid separate controversies
Justin Fairfax

“I believe and trust that due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is necessary, I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process.”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax refusing to resign after second sexual assault allegation
Justin Fairfax

“Reading Dr. Tyson’s account is painful, I have never done anything like what she suggests. As I said in my statement this morning, I have nothing to hide. Any review of the circumstances would support my account, because it is the truth.”

Justin’s Fairfax Accuser, Vanessa Tyson, Getting Tons Of Support On Twitter
Justin Fairfax

“I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice, but I cannot agree with a description of events that I know is not true.”

Virginia Democrats weigh impeachment of Lt. Gov. Fairfax
Dick Howard

“There are competing interpretations, but I really don’t think it’s open-ended, and I think it’s difficult to argue anything that casts disrepute on the office would be an impeachable offense, That would make the impeachment process another tool of political combat.”

Second woman accuses Virginia Lt.-Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault
Cory Booker

“I think it dredges up very hurtful, painful things from the past. ... I think he's betrayed the public trust, and he should resign”

2020 Democrat candidates join lawmakers calling for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign as a second woman accuses him of sexual assault
Cory Booker

“They are serious, credible, and corroborated by others. It is no longer appropriate for him to serve. He should resign”

Virginia delegate backs down on calls to impeach Justin Fairfax
Nancy Erika Smith

“Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old”

Calls mount for Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign after second sex assault accusation
Nancy Erika Smith

“At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character, She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages.”

Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault
Nancy Erika Smith

“Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession, Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her.”

“She turned and asked: 'Why did you do it?' Mr. Fairfax answered: 'I knew that because of what happened to you last year, you’d be too afraid to say anything.' Mr. Fairfax actually used the prior rape of his 'friend' against her when he chose to rape her in a premeditated way”

Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of 'premeditated and aggressive' sexual assault
Don Beyer

“The past seven days have been some of the most painful we can remember. It has been very difficult to marshal the thoughts, let alone the words, to react”

Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for effort to impeach Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax
Ralph Northam

“Virginia needs someone that can heal. There's no better person to do that than a doctor, Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass. And that's why I'm not going anywhere.”

Virginia's Lt. Gov. Fairfax Resists Calls to Step Down
Ralph Northam

“It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do, There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity.”

Ralph Northam

“I really believe that things happen for a reason, I will focus on race and equity. That’s something that, for the next three years, is going to be my commitment to Virginia. And I really think we can make impactful changes.”

Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill
Ralph Northam

“When you’re in a state of shock like I was, we don’t always think as clearly as we should”

Quentin Kidd

“Before Donald Trump, I would say with this kind of stuff, it’s impossible for a person to just hang on, put their head down and ignore it, Post-Donald Trump, I think what elected officials are willing to do has changed in some ways. So can he hang on? Certainly he can hang on.”

Clamor for ousters of top Democrats slows in Virginia
Quentin Kidd

“The sort of irony that makes your head spin is that Herring and Northam are in trouble for behavior related to Virginia's racial past. And yet it may be the only African American statewide officeholder who, at the end of the day, gets in trouble, This may get worse and more uncomfortable before it gets better — if it does get better.”

Democratic Party of Virginia wants Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax out amid sexual assault claims
Meredith Watson

“Molly, Justin raped me in college and I don’t want to hear anything about him. Please, please, please remove me form any future emails about him please”

Border Talks Stall As Another Government Shutdown Looms
Mick Mulvaney

“You absolutely cannot, Meet the Press Is a shutdown entirely off the table? The answer is no.”

Va. Democrat backs off plan for impeachment proceedings against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax
Marcus B. Simon

“There are process questions, Whether this is the right move or not politically, we have to figure out whether we are doing this right or not.”

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Eroding Support From Democrats After New Accuser Speaks
Susan J. McWilliams

“I did not know who Justin Fairfax was, And I immediately went home and Googled him.”

Calls mount for Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign after second sex assault accusation
Kaneedreck Adams

“She was upset, She told me she had been raped, and she named Justin.”

Democratic Party of Virginia wants Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax out amid sexual assault claims
Kaneedreck Adams

“She said she couldn’t speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down, She said he knew that she didn’t like what was happening, but he kept pushing her down.”

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Eroding Support From Democrats After New Accuser Speaks
Kaneedreck Adams

“I said, ‘Did you say no?’ and she said, no she couldn’t say no, And she said she was trying to get out of there, get away, remove herself from the situation, and she said Justin kept pushing her down.”

Virginia Dems Push Fairfax to Resign or Face Impeachment
Phillip Thompson

“We want to see Justin Fairfax treated fairly, If he has done what they claim he has done he has to suffer the consequences but right now that hasn't been proved.”

Duke to look into 1999 sexual assault allegation
Mike Krzyzewski

“I think there was an allegation made, right? So, I'm not sure that's true or not, but there's an allegation. I didn't find out about it until late last night, and I have no knowledge about it. ... Our university will take care of whatever actions and give whatever information that's needed to be done. I think our [athletic director] has put out a statement that we'll give to you. It's very ... something like that is serious. So, our school looks at it that way, and we'll do whatever we can to make sure that we answer whatever questions are posed to us.”

Fairfax Given Until Monday To Resign Or Face Impeachment After Second Sex-Assault Claim
Diane Rosenfeld

“She’s not doing this for any fame, She’s not suing him for money, so disbelievers and doubters can’t say, ‘Oh, she just wants money.’ She just wants, as she says, the Virginia voters to know who this person is.”

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Eroding Support From Democrats After New Accuser Speaks
Elizabeth A. Armstrong

“What she told us was pretty much exactly what was in the statement that she released but with vastly less detail”

Clamor for ousters of top Democrats slows in Virginia
Carol J. Pretlow

“There are some people in the community, particularly the younger people who I teach, who automatically say once a black person gets in office, then the effort is 'Let's see what we can do to discredit him,'”

Border Talks Stall As Another Government Shutdown Looms
Donald Trump

“They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!”

Calls mount for Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign after second sex assault accusation
Heidi Meisenheimer

“He came across as somebody who was a really good person. So, it surprised me a lot what he's done, I don't have any respect left for him.”

Calls mount for Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign after second sex assault accusation
Jennifer Adeli

“And, frankly, women are saying we need more women in leadership”

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