The woman who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 on Wednesday released a lengthy statement including details of that alleged attack at the Democratic National Convention.
Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California, said Fairfax forced her to engage in oral sex with him after they first engaged in “consensual kissing” in his hotel room in Boston.
“As I cried and gagged, Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him,” Tyson wrote in her statement, issued by a law firm now representing her.
“I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual. 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.”
The Katz, Marshall & Banks law firm earlier represented Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who claims that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school get-together in the early 1980s in Washington, D.C. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied Ford’s allegations.
Fairfax’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Tyson’s statement. However, he denied the sexual assault in past interviews.
But Fairfax, in a statement issued earlier Wednesday, said, “I would like to encourage the media, my supporters, and others to treat both the woman who made this allegation and my family with respect for how painful this situation can be for everyone involved.”
“I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice. But I cannot agree with a description of events that I know is not true,” Fairfax said.
Earlier today, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring revealed that he and friends wore blackface at a college party in 1980 to dress up “like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song.” Herring, who like Northam and Fairfax is a Democrat, would become governor if both of them resign.
However, if Herring resigns, the state’s speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, would become governor. Cox is a Republican.
Read Tyson’s full statement below.
This story is developing, updates coming soon.
Kamala Harris Suspends Presidential Campaign
Kamala Harris is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019
But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.https://t.co/92Hk7DHHbR
In a statement to supporters, the senator said:
“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”
She is expected to release a video shortly officially announcing the end of her campaign later today.
Shortly after news broke, the senator’s niece sent out a message of support.
I’m so proud of you. I love you. pic.twitter.com/JSK2YemDyK— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) December 3, 2019
Oxford Circus Tube Station Evacuated
Oxford Circus underground station was briefly evacuated following a fight on board a train.
Transport For London says that access to the station was restricted following a fight on-board a train. The station has since reopened.
Commuters had reported a burning smell within in station.