Fairfax accuser to speak at Stanford University #MeToo event

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STANFORD, Calif. (WRIC) — One of the two women accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault is set to speak at a #MeToo movement event at Stanford University where she’s currently a fellow. 

Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a 42-year-old associate professor of politics at Scripps College, will be a part of a panel discussion called “Betrayal and Courage in the Age of #MeToo” on Tuesday. 

Tyson will “delineate the connections between sexual violence and the persistent structural inequality that disproportionately impact women and girls,” according to the event’s website.

Tyson issued a statement Wednesday saying Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston. 

Another woman, Meredith Watson, came out with a sexual assault allegation on Friday against Fairfax, accusing him of raping her in 2000 while the two were students at Duke University. 

Fairfax denied both allegations and asked that “no one rush to judgment.” He has made clear that he does not intend to immediately step down, and has urged authorities and the FBI to investigate.

The discussion will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, and will available to live stream here.

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