Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) — who was encapsulated by criticism after a controversial yearbook image surfaced — is now offering an unusual reason as to why he’s not either person in the photo.
During a nearly four-month-long investigation, Northam was interviewed over a 1984 medical school yearbook photo on his page that shows two people, one dressed in Ku Klux Klan outfit and the other in blackface.
The Virginia governor was engulfed in backlash over the image, with even Democrats calling for his resignation — which they later expressed they were “sorry” for. Additionally, Northam previously admitted to wearing blackface while dressing up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest.
Check out the image that sparked outrage:
JUST IN: Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam confirms he is one of the individuals in yearbook photo showing one person in blackface and another in KKK hood, apologizes for "racist and offensive" costume https://t.co/3K4VGfP5Mv pic.twitter.com/YoWqInnDAV
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 1, 2019
Released on Wednesday, Northam’s probe over the controversial yearbook image ended inconclusively — the reasoning is because of the governor’s headscratching proof.
Northam claimed the person in blackface has thicker legs than he had in medical school, as well as he doesn’t believe he’s the person in the KKK costume because that person is shorter than the other in blackface, according to Eastern Virginia Medical School’s report.
The investigators said they were “unable to conclusively determine whether Governor Northam is, or is not, in the photograph.” However, they “identified no information that the photograph was placed on Governor Northam’s personal page in error or by any other means not at his direction.”
Watch the video below:
JUST IN: Investigators “could not conclusively determine” the identity of “either individual” depicted in the racist photo appearing on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s personal yearbook page. https://t.co/3RoHjCpDWk pic.twitter.com/aTqNW9Jaj0
— ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2019
The Virginia governor originally admitted to and apologized for being in the yearbook photo, saying he’s “deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now” but walked back his remarks as he then denied being in the photo.
Political chaos broke out in February as Northam, along with two other Virginia Democrats, found themselves cloaked in scandals.