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Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has issued a new statement in response to Dr. Vanessa Tyson’s public statement detailing her allegation that he forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention.
“Reading Dr. Tyson’s account is painful. I have never done anything like what she suggests.
As I said in my statement this morning, I have nothing to hide.
Any review of the circumstances would support my account, because it is the truth. I take this situation very seriously and continue to believe Dr. Tyson should be treated with respect. But, I cannot agree to a description of events that simply is not true.
I support the aims of the MeToo movement and I believe that people should always be heard and the truth should be sought. I wish Dr. Tyson the best as I do our Commonwealth.
Fairfax earlier stated that his encounter with Tyson in 2004 was consensual, and he maintains that stance.
If Northam were to resign or be removed from office over the scandal surrounding a blackface photo on his 1984 yearbook page , Fairfax, who’s serving his first term in elective office, would become the second African-American governor in Virginia history.
The next in succession after Fairfax would be Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted on Wednesday to wearing blackface during a party at UVA in the 1980s.
Following Herring would be Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, who attained his seat after a draw in a Virginia delegate race led to a name pulled out of a ceramic bowl, giving Republicans the majority in the House of Delegates.
UPDATE (2:30 p.m.):
The woman whose sexual assault allegations against Virginia’s lieutenant governor surfaced this week is speaking publicly about the encounter.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has repeatedly denied her allegations, saying the encounter was consensual.
Vanessa Tyson issued a statement Wednesday saying Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The Associated Press typically does not identify those who say they were sexually assaulted, but Tyson issued the statement in her name.
Earlier Wednesday, Fairfax issued a statement saying the woman expressed no discomfort at the time, or during the years afterward. He said he first heard about her accusation from a reporter in 2018.
Tyson said she went to Fairfax’s hotel room so he could get documents. She said they began consensually kissing but he then forced her into oral sex. She said she couldn’t move her head because he was holding down her neck.