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Harris, Gillibrand Call for Probe of Fairfax Accuser’s Allegations

Harris, Gillibrand Call for Probe of Fairfax Accuser’s Allegations

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who would take over as governor if Northam steps down, faces allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004.

"I wish we had a president who was willing to lead on this", she said, referring to President Donald Trump, who flirts with racially tinged rhetoric and who said there were "very fine people" among white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

"At no time did she express to me any discomfort or concern about our interactions, neither during that encounter, nor during the months following it, when she stayed in touch with me, nor the past 15 years", he said.

Virginia is embroiled in political turmoil following the discovery last week of a racist photo on Northam's medical school yearbook page. Breitbart News reported that if Northam, Fairfax, and Herring were to resign, Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox would become the acting governor. Tyson's depiction of events, along with Lt. Governor Fairfax's alleged statement of "f-- that b--", has garnered a lot of media and public attention.

"I can not believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual", she said in the statement.

"Vanessa has always been forthright and matter of fact with me about all things and was no different in regards to this incident", the friend's statement read, "I trust her beyond measure and know how this incident haunted and traumatized her because she told me so and because I know her well and could hear the anguish in her voice".

Tyson initially went to The Washington Post with her story in late 2017, after Fairfax's election to lieutenant governor and before his confirmation.

Meanwhile, Northam's political heir apparent, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, 39, confronted a potential scandal of his own.

In her statement, she detailed what she said began as a consensual encounter and "quickly turned into a sexual assault".

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The woman who says she was sexually assaulted by Lt. Gov.

Fairfax's political future is still unclear as all three men consider their next steps amid the controversy. She has no political motivations, she added, and is 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 information for Virginians to have as they make critical decisions that involve Mr. Fairfax.

"And the ones who are there already need to truly take a firm stance on protecting and supporting marginalized communities who need them", she said.

State Sen. Barbara Favola said "it's still a he-said, she-said" and suggested an investigation should be done in MA.

"Utterly shocked and terrified, I tried to move my head away, but could not because his hand was holding down my neck and he was much stronger than me", she said.

Tyson's accusation came to light last week after she wrote about it in a private Facebook post. We don't know what was said, just that he spoke to the Post, which declined to run Tyson's allegation. "Build the numbers, keep the message going - do what we have to do until they start seeing us".

"If Democrats don't take this seriously and begin an investigation, their credibility is lost", Nance said. "I hate that Al Franken is gone, but he did what he thought was best", he said.

Tyson's letter was released through the law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks, which also represented Christine Blasey-Ford, the Stanford University research psychologist who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 1982.