In the most recent outlandish development in Democratic politics from the state of Virginia, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax reportedly lashed out at his sexual assault accuser with a profane insult, before publicly asking she be respected.
A report said that Fairfax responded by exclaiming, "f**k that b**ch!" which many saw as falling far short of the new standards set by the "Me Too" movement against sexual harassment.
Fairfax reportedly made the comments on Monday at a private meeting, but they leaked out to reporters by Wednesday.
Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him at the Democratic National Convention. She released a very detailed and disturbing statement about her accusations.
Here's a portion of her harrowing statement:
Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch. Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis. He then forced his penis into my mouth. Utterly shocked and terrified, I tried to move my head away, but could not because his hand was holding down my neck and he was much stronger than me. As I cried and gagged, Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him. I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual. To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent. Quite the opposite. I consciously avoided Mr. Fairfax for the remainder of the Convention and I never spoke to him again.
Fairfax had denied the accusations forcefully, but his public statement was much more respectful to the accuser than the profane insult he reportedly made privately.
"I would like to encourage the media, my supporters, and others to treat both the woman who made this allegation and my family with respect for how painful this situation can be for everyone involved," he wrote.
"I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice," he added. "But I cannot agree with a description of events that I know is not true."
Fairfax would be next in line for the governorship if Gov. Northam resigned over a controversial photo in his yearbook with a man in blackface and another in a KKK costume. Northam has denied any knowledge of the photo but he acknowledged that he dressed up in blackface at another time for a dancing competition.
If both Northam and Fairfax resigned, the governorship would go to attorney general Mark Herring, who is also a Democrat that has admitted to wearing blackface in his past.