Tag: Fairfax, Justin Edward

Virginia House Invites Accusers to Testify Against Justin Fairfax

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates announced Friday that it would hold hearings on the sexual assault claims against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, inviting Mr. Fairfax and his two accusers to publicly testify about one of the scandals that has upended the state’s government. Speaking on the […]

Read More

The Political Ascent of Justin Fairfax, and the Disturbing Allegations That Might End It

RICHMOND, Va. — One afternoon in the early 1990s, a middle-schooler showed up at Frank E. Emory Jr.’s law office in Charlotte, sent there by an aunt who knew Mr. Emory from church. The child, in town visiting relatives, wanted to hear about the law. He had plans. “He said, […]

Read More

Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, Insists He Is ‘Not Going Anywhere’

RICHMOND, Va. — After a week of revelations that have separately disgraced Virginia’s top three political leaders, the governor, Ralph Northam, remained firm on Sunday in his intention to stay in office and stopped short of calling for the resignations of his fellow scandal-plagued Democratic leaders. In an interview with […]

Read More

If Justin Fairfax Is Forced Out in Virginia, Who’s Next in Line?

Coalescing scandals have engulfed Virginia’s leaders, plunging the state into political free fall. First, Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for a racist yearbook photo, which he acknowledged and then denied appearing in. He also admitted to wearing blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson in the 1980s. Then Lt. […]

Read More

Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment

RICHMOND, Va. — Justin E. Fairfax’s refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two allegations of sexual assault has presented Democrats with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader at a moment when the state’s other two top leaders, both white, are resisting […]

Read More

Second Woman Accuses Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia of Sexual Assault

A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia, intensifying the weeklong political crisis in the state and leading some top fellow Democrats to call for Mr. Fairfax to resign. The woman, Meredith Watson, accused Mr. Fairfax […]

Read More

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Faces Impeachment Threat and Calls to Resign

RICHMOND, Va. — Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia faced a wave of demands for his resignation on Friday night — and the threat of impeachment proceedings — after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. His detractors included an increasing number of fellow Virginia […]

Read More

Vanessa Tyson Draws Support for Assault Allegation Against Justin Fairfax

Last fall, after Vanessa C. Tyson began a prestigious fellowship at Stanford, she told a gathering of colleagues in a behavioral sciences program that she had been sexually assaulted years earlier, citing personal experience to illustrate a larger point involving sexual violence. As several fellows shared lunch on a patio, […]

Read More

Virginia Is in Turmoil. Here’s a Breakdown of Seven Days of Scandal.

For Virginia’s top state officials, it was a week of chaos. There was an apology, a reversal and an admission about blackface. A sexual assault allegation was made, and an emphatic denial was made in response. Then came another admission about blackface. Last week, the clouds began to gather over […]

Read More

Virginia Political Crisis Grows for Democrats and Republicans

RICHMOND, Va. — The political crisis in Virginia intensified Thursday as several leading Democratic presidential candidates called for an investigation into a woman’s sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, a Democrat, saying they thought her account was credible. At the same time, a powerful Republican state senator […]

Read More

Second Virginia Democrat Says He Wore Blackface, Throwing Party Into Turmoil

RICHMOND, Va. — The third-ranking elected official in Virginia, Attorney General Mark R. Herring, acknowledged Wednesday that he had worn blackface at a party as an undergraduate student, deepening a crisis that has engulfed the state’s Democratic leadership. Then, just two hours later, a woman came forward to describe in […]

Read More

Woman Accusing Justin Fairfax of Sexual Assault Comes Forward

WASHINGTON — The woman who has accused Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia of sexual assault came forward on Wednesday, issuing a statement through a law firm that described a 2004 encounter at the Democratic National Convention in Boston that, she said, began with kissing but quickly turned into […]

Read More

With Northam Picture, Obscure Publication Plays Big Role in Virginia Politics

A racist photograph on the 1984 yearbook page of Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia. An accusation of sexual assault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Both reports — the first triggering an earthquake in Virginia politics last week, the second setting off an aftershock on Monday — were originally published by […]

Read More

Blackface Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Over the last month, we’ve learned just how much racism is too much to sustain a career in American politics. It took almost 16 years for House Republicans to reprimand Steve King of Iowa for his frequent expressions of explicit racism, stripping him of his committee assignments. The catalyst? An […]

Read More

Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Denies Sexual Assault Allegation

RICHMOND, Va. — Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia issued a statement Monday morning denying an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault that a right-wing media site published amid extraordinary political turmoil in the state that has raised the possibility of Mr. Fairfax becoming the next governor. In a statement issued […]

Read More