Kurtis Blow Blasts Virginia AG Mark Herring For Blackface "Tribute"

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Mr Fairfax, 39, said in a statement to United States media: "I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation".

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is facing a sexual assault allegation dating back to 2004 when he worked for Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry.

And in statements Thursday night, the state legislature's Black Caucus and Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation reiterated calls for the governor to step down, while the state House Democrats - who also previously called for Northam's resignation - said they remain disappointed in him.

"Despite all of the distractions from the continuing controversies involving our statewide elected officials, I am intent on fulfilling the work of the people of Virginia by passing a fiscally responsible budget that provides tax relief for working families", Norment said.

Days later, sexual assault allegations against Fairfax surfaced against Fairfax, the lieutenant governor and the next-in-line should Northam resign.

The woman who came forward to accuse Fairfax on Friday said in a statement that he attacked her when they were students at Duke University in North Carolina. He went on to say that "a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me".

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The tumult in Virginia began late last week, with the discovery of a photo on Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page that showed someone in blackface standing next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. "I call for his immediate resignation", McAuliffe wrote on Twitter. But he did volunteer that he once put shoe polish on his face to dress up like Michael Jackson for a dance contest on a separate occasion. On Wednesday, Attorney General Mark R. Herring disclosed that he wore blackface as part of a costume during college in 1980.

Trump's tweet came hours before state Senate majority leader Tommy Norment confronted an unflattering disclosure from his own past - acknowledging a media report that he was managing editor of the 1968 Virginia Military Institute yearbook, which is awash with racist images and slurs. A former boyfriend of Tyson's says, in essence, that she would not consensually have performed the act Fairfax admits she performed on him - oral sex.

Times reporter Jonathan Martin added that a spokesperson for Meredith Watson said she is not seeking any compensation for her claim.

Shortly afterwards, a rightwing website published a claim that Fairfax sexually assaulted Tyson.

If all three Democrats were to lose their positions, the next in line to assume the governorship would be Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican.

The Republican was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 1992 and now serves as majority leader. Gov. Ralph Northam is fighting to hold onto his job after he admitted and later denied that he appeared in a racist yearbook photo that was made public last week. "The Democrats have sacrificed their morals and values for political expediency".