Vanessa Tyson, the college professor who has accused Virginia Lt. Governor Fairfax of sexual assault, has released a new statement detailing her claim.
In the statement, Tyson detailed how “what began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault” in a Boston hotel room in 2004. While Fairfax’s initial advance was “not unwelcome,” he soon “forcefully pushed” her head towards his crotch. She says he then forced her to perform oral sex on him, as she “cried and gagged.”
Tyson also called the encounter with Fairfax “horrific” and said it has caused her “deep humiliation and shame.” Fairfax has denied the claims, saying that there was nothing “unconsensual” that happened that night.
Tyson has retained the Washington law firm Katz, Marshall and Banks, which lists sexual harassment law as one of its areas of expertise and represented Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her when the two were in high school.