In her response, Tyson called Fairfax's attempts to discredit her "deceitful, offensive, and profoundly unsettling".
Earlier in the week, Vanessa Tyson, a professor of political science at Scripps College, came forward with an allegation that Justin Fairfax had sexually assaulted her in 2004, while they were at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. 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.
The statement said it was a "premeditated and aggressive" assault and that while Watson and Fairfax had been social friends, they were never involved romantically. "Ms. Watson also told friends, including Justin Fairfax", Smith said in the statement.
Fairfax denied the allegation and said in a statement: "I will not resign". "I have never forced myself on anyone ever", he said on Friday. He vowed to clear his name against what he described as a "vicious and coordinated smear campaign" being orchestrated against him.
"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before", he wrote. That changed on Friday, with Democrats rushing to demand that Fairfax step down, too.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine called the allegations against the lieutenant governor "atrocious" and added, "he can no longer effectively serve the Commonwealth".
Terry McAuliffe, who served as the state's governor from 2014 to 2018, called for Fairfax to step down. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen. The Associated Press is not reporting the details because the allegation has not been corroborated. She then "felt it was crucial to tell close friends of mine in Virginia, who were voters, about the assault". "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".
"She said the alleged assault took place at a fraternity house. They have in details that Christine Blasey Ford couldn't remember where it happened, when it happened, how she got home".
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"I believe Meredith Watson and Dr. Tyson, and it was extremely fearless for them to come forward", she said.
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.
According to the New York Times' Jonathan Martin, Watson is not seeking litigation at this time.
Hundreds of academics have also signed a letter in support of Prof Tyson, according to the Times.
After news stories emerged Sunday night covering Tyson's post, Fairfax issued a statement saying that he had a "consensual encounter" with her in 2004, after which she did not indicate that anything had made her uncomfortable. "Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth", Fairfax wrote in a statement.
On Friday he sent an email to state employees signalling his continued defiance of nearly universal calls for him to quit. On Saturday, he denied he was in the picture and said he was not immediately resigning but left his long-term fate unclear.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Mark R. Herring disclosed that he wore blackface as part of a costume during college in 1980.
Democrats have shown a willingness to forgive him because he confessed his "blacking up" shame to African-American lawmakers in Virginia before it became public.