Watson replied: "Justin raped me in college and I don't want to hear anything about him".
Embattled Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is ousted as chairman from the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association, as the fallout from his sexual misconduct allegations continues. The release said the attack was "premeditated and aggressive", and that Watson told friends about the rape in a series of Facebook messages and emails.
"I will not resign", he said.
In addition, there are several Democrats in the Virginia state government and one former governor from the Commonwealth who have also called for Fairfax's resignation.
Tyson accused Fairfax of forcing her to "perform oral sex" during an encounter at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July 2004.
"It doesn't feel plausible at all", she said of Watson's allegations. She turned and asked, 'Why did you do it?' Mr. Fairfax answered: "I knew that because of what happened to you a year ago, you'd be too afraid to say anything". Watson reportedly told Fairfax about the incident. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Northam has been facing mounting calls to resign following the emergence of a racist photo in his medical school yearbook, as well controversial comments he made about late-term abortion.
Blackface traces its history to 19th Century "minstrel" shows that mocked African-Americans, but it was still deemed acceptable on United States comedy shows only in recent years.
Finally, on Friday Gov. Northam announced that he was going to prove it wasn't him in the picture.
"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".
Ralph Northam said Saturday that reports disclosing racist photos that appeared on his high school yearbook might serve a higher goal: The scandal could make him a better governor.
The tumult in Virginia began late last week, with the discovery of the photo on Northam's yearbook profile page that showed someone in blackface standing beside another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. Northam originally said that he was in the photo, but he has since retracted that claim, though he admits that under other circumstances he wore blackface to dress as Michael Jackson for a dance contest.
A hip-hop pioneer who was imitated by a Virginia politician in blackface says he hopes people will learn lessons from such "regrettable actions".
State attorney general Mark Herring was outraged by all of this. The allegations became public Friday afternoon through a statement from her legal team that was posted on Twitter by reporter Ben Jacobs.
"That's all due to the Democrats in Virginia, they've done a terrific job - the three Democrats at the top - of making it easier for Republicans to defend Donald Trump", Sabato said.
Tyson explained that she made a decision to come forward to the public now after learning that Fairfax might become the new governor of Virginia.
As the crisis widened in the middle of the week, Democratic leaders and black members of the Virginia legislature appeared willing to give both Fairfax and Herring the benefit of the doubt for the time being - in Herring's case, because he apologized personally for wearing blackface.