"We will also produce documentary evidence of Ms. Watson revealing to others the fact that Fairfax raped her", the statement released by Watson's lawyers said.
Moments after Northam told his Cabinet he was staying put, a second woman went public with accusations that Fairfax raped her 19 years ago while they were students at Duke University. Tyson said in a statement through her law firm Katz Marshall & Banks: With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight", "It has been extremely hard to relive that traumatic experience from 2004.
Fairfax's first accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, alleges that he forced her to perform a sexual act at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
The drama following Virginia's state leadership is spiraling out of control as a second woman comes forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault.
Watson's statement lends further credence to the account provided by Vanessa Tyson, who has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago in Boston, according to the joint statement from the five US representatives from Virginia.
Watson's attorney also produced an email exchange from October 2016 between her client and Milagros Joye Brown, another friend from Duke, that details the alleged assault. Fairfax has maintained the allegations against him are not true. Herring - who would become governor if both Northam and Fairfax resign - had previously called on Northam to resign and came forward after rumors about the existence of a blackface photo of him began circulating at the Capitol. He was equally vociferous in his denial regarding the first allegation, which he said was a consensual encounter.
In a statement from his spokesman, Fairfax said he has "never forced myself on anyone ever" and demanded a "full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations".
"It's a nightmare right now", said Representative A. Donald McEachin, a Virginia Democrat who can trace his history here back to Revolutionary War-era slaves. Faifax instead called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me".
Still, some Democrats, like presidential hopeful Cory Booker, are calling for Fairfax to resign while others are asking for an investigation. Women and black voters played a huge role in the state Democratic Party's epic 2017 wave.
Numerous state's Democrats have called on Northam to step down over the yearbook photo, which shows one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan attire.
"She said the alleged assault took place at a fraternity house".
Northam at first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it a day later, but acknowledged he wore blackface to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984.
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.
Comstock suggested probing who knew about the accusations against the lieutenant governor and when they knew about them.