Sunday, 10 February 2019

Vanessa Tyson could spell doom for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax

Vanessa Tyson, the woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, is a political — and perhaps legal — wrecking ball for the Democratic rising star who until this week was positioned to take over as governor.

Fairfax risks not only his political career but also criminal charges, with Tyson alleging an assault at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, where a 15-year statute of limitations allows five more months for Tyson to pursue the case.

The lieutenant governor has denied Tyson's claim, saying the experience was “100 percent” consensual and asserting that the Washington Post’s decision not to publish an earlier investigation was exonerating. The Post said, however, that Fairfax in his assertion falsely claimed inconsistencies in Tyson’s account, rejecting his description of the accusation as a political smear.

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