The woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of a sexual assault in 2004 detailed her allegation in a lengthy statement issued Wednesday through her legal team.
Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of politics at Scripps College in California who is currently on leave, accused Fairfax of sexual assault in a hotel room at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. She said Wednesday that she had pleasant interactions with Fairfax during the convention and that on its third day, he invited her to run an errand with him that involved them going to his hotel room. (Continue reading)
Vanessa Tyson, Fairfax’s accuser, has now released a disturbing personal statement… This will be very difficult for Justin Fairfax to ignore.
She wrote that “what began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault,” adding that Fairfax forcibly made her perform oral sex on him, during which she cried and gagged.
“I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual,” she said. “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.”