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Fairfax’s accuser gives detailed account of claims

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/07/19, 12:39 pm

The woman who accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 went public with her side of the story on Wednesday. Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of politics at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., released a detailed, graphic statement describing the alleged assault at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. She said the incident “began as consensual kissing” but turned into a forced sex act in Fairfax’s hotel room, where the two of them had gone to retrieve documents. Fairfax, a Democrat, has denied the charges, calling them an “uncorroborated smear” and saying the encounter was consensual.

Tyson has hired Katz, Marshall & Banks, the same legal team that represented Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a friend sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Fairfax has retained Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz, the law firm that represented Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

Fairfax is next in line for the governorship if Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, resigns over racist photos from his 1984 medical school yearbook that surfaced on Friday. Attorney General Mark Herring, who is third in line for the governorship and a Democrat, is also under fire after admitting Wednesday that he wore blackface while in college. The fourth person in line, Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican, would become governor only if the three positions ahead of him in the line of succession were vacant at the same time.

National and state Democrats have called for Northam to resign but have largely remained silent on whether they still support Fairfax. U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who defeated two-term Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in the 2018 midterm elections, became the first federal lawmaker to speak out about the lieutenant governor, tweeting Wednesday, “I believe Vanessa Tyson.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 02/08/2019 07:43 pm

    And a second accuser of Fairfax has come forward.  

  • Vista48
    Posted: Sun, 02/10/2019 05:14 am

    The left, the media and Hollywood have been engaged in the politics of personal destruction for some time now. Once you get that log rolling, it's easy to get mowed down if you're standing in the wrong spot. And which of us is always standing in the right spot?

  • Xion's picture
    Posted: Sun, 02/17/2019 11:49 am

    Consider how the nouveau moralism of the left regards time.   There is no age of consent, no statute of limitations, no reconciliation, no mercy.  Any wayward thought which one had even as a child is fair game for personal destruction.  Cultural norms of the past are irrelevant and no figure in history is immune.

    Whatever mores pop into vogue are instantly regarded as timeless truths.  Progressivism has come to mean the destruction of all that came before.  An intelligent conversation could be had about humor and entertainment throughout history, such as the role of minstrel shows or ethnic jokes or songs etc.  Was blackface funny at one time?  Was humor more lenient?  Does the line of consent morph over time?

    Discussions could be had over the shortcomings of people honored in art and their role in their times.  Instead, like communist revolutions, all must be torn down and destroyed.  Whoever mentions these things is labeled with a long list of thought crimes and declared an enemy of the state.  The rules don't usually apply to the well-connected, which begs the question how Virginia Democrats ended up in the cross hairs of the thought police?  Maybe the double standards became just too obvious.