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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called Black Americans who were forcefully enslaved "indentured servants" and Gayle King had to correct him.

He vowed this weekend in the interview with CBS and with the Washington Post on Saturday that he'll finish his four-year term in office and use the time to pursue an agenda of racial reconciliation.

King interjects: "Also known as slavery".

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam told the Post.

"Yes, yes", Northam replied, prompting exasperation from some commentators on social media. "SIGH", tweeted Democratic operative Symone Sanders. Shortly thereafter Northam made a gaffe when he bragged about the state's 400 year history and King reminded him not to forget that part of that history included spreading slavery to the future United States.

Enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia in 1619. Watson also has said that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her on Duke's campus in Durham, North Carolina, when they were both students in 2000.

Northam said he had been especially affected by a conversation with a black lawmaker, whom he declined to name, on the topic of blackface.

"Many people will be asking, 'who else has photos like this?'" Gregory Smithers, a history professor at Virginia Commonwealth University said.

Fairfax is under harsh scrutiny alongside other top Virginia state officials.

Republican Kirk Cox, speaker of the Virginia House, would become governor if all three resign.

"We hope, for example, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation will show a willingness to investigate", the spokeswoman, Lauren Burke, said in a statement.

Although the party has taken an nearly zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican state House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

Many Democrats have since called for Northam to step down, but he's now vowing he'll stay in office.

"I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation", the embattled Democrat said.

I heard from Dr. Tyson after the 2004 Convention, and she never said or otherwise indicated that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort. He has served Virginia well and he, and I, and Justin - all three of us - have fought for equality.

A statement released by Watson's attorneys said both she and "at least two witnesses whom Ms. Watson told of the assault the day after Fairfax raped her" are prepared to testify about her allegation.

FILE - Demonstrators hold signs and chant outside the Governor's Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 2, 2019.

Fairfax denied the first allegation in a February 6 statement.

Northam's attempts to make amends have yet to shift Democratic demands for his resignation. Northam, a Democrat, has faced calls to resign from prominent figures within his party but has not stepped down.

'I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that'. "And so we're ready to learn from our mistakes", Northam added.

Many Democrats who had carefully withheld judgment after the first accusation against Fairfax, saying the matter needed to be investigated, immediately condemned him.

The controversy began when a conservative website earlier this month publicized Northam's page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook where a photo of two people - one in blackface and the other in a KKK uniform - holding beers are included with photos of Northam.


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