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Justin Fairfax, in line for governor of Virginia, faces sexual assault allegation

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Published on February 10, 2019 with No Comments

Justin Fairfax could become the next governor of Virginia. But now he’s facing an allegation of sexual assault. Gov. Ralph Northam has been facing pressure to resign over a racist photothat recently surfaced from his 1984 medical school yearbook page. Fairfax, the state’s lieutenant governor and fellow Democrat, would be next in line if Northam does resign. The allegation against Fairfax is this: Patrick Howley of the conservative website Big League Politics, reported that Vanessa Tyson, a professor of politics at Scripps College, had said she was sexually assaulted in 2004 by a campaign staffer who was now up for a “VERY BIG promotion” in Democratic politics. Howley, who was also the first to obtain the Northam yearbook photo, noted that Fairfax was a campaign staffer for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 and that he was now poised to become governor of Virginia. Tyson has not responded to Vox’s request for comment.

Tyson has released a statement detailing her allegation. “What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault,” she wrote. “As I cried and gagged, Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him.” Fairfax has repeatedly denied the allegation, saying the 2004 encounter was consensual. In a press conference, he hinted that his rivals in the Virginia Democratic Party might be responsible for the accusation becoming public. The allegation comes at a time of chaos in Virginia, as Northam mulls whether to resign after the surfacing of the racist photo and a disastrous press conference in which he attempted to address it. The story also serves as a reminder that accusations of sexual assault are not confined to one political party.

 

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