“I Cried And Gagged” Professor Accuses Virgina Lt. Gov. Of Sexual Assault
By now, you might have learned that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is in hot water for old yearbook photos of him wearing Blackface.
There is talk that he might resign. In the event that he does, his Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, would take his place. But apparently, Fairfax is facing a scandal of his own.
According to Vox, Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California, issued a detailed statement discussing the sexual assault, she allegedly experienced at the hands of Fairfax in 2004.
Tyson wrote, “What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault. Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch,” Tyson wrote. “Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis. He then forced his penis into my mouth. After the assault, I suffered from both deep humiliation and shame,” she wrote. “I did not speak about it for years.”
Tyson said this would be her only statement on the matter. She has hired the law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks to represent her, the firm also represented Christine Blasey Ford in her allegations against then Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In response to the allegations, Fairfax said the act was consensual. Tyson wrote, “As I cried and gagged, Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him. I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual.”
Tyson believes Fairfax has gone on a smear campaign to call her character into question. He found an older clip in which Tyson spoke about the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her father. Fairfax alleged because she didn’t speak about their encounter in this particular interview, three years after the alleged assault, there were inconsistencies in her story.
Tyson said, “In that video I did not talk about being assaulted by Mr. Fairfax. This, of course, is not proof that he did not assault me. His reliance on this video to say the opposite is despicable and an offense to sexual assault survivors everywhere.”
And since it’s a question people can’t help but ask, Tyson said, “I have no political motive. I am a proud Democrat. My only motive in speaking now is to refute Mr. Fairfax’s falsehoods and aspersions of my character, and to provide what I believe is important for Virginians to have as they make critical decisions that involve Mr. Fairfax.”
The next man, who would be eligible for the position, Mark Herring, Virginia’s Attorney General, also admitted to wearing Blackface in college, when he dressed as Kurtis Blow for a party.