Professor Details Sexual Assault Allegations Against Virginia Lt. Gov.

HeadlineFeb 07, 2019

Virginia’s political crisis deepened Wednesday, with the state’s top three elected officials—all Democrats—facing scandals that threaten to upend their careers and Virginia’s Democratic leadership. On Wednesday, the woman who accused Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault came forward and identified herself as Dr. Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor at Scripps College in California. In a statement released through her law firm, Tyson detailed a 2004 encounter at the Democratic National Convention in Boston where she said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex. Fairfax has denied the allegation of sexual assault, saying the encounter was consensual.

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