Fairfax accuser’s lawyers ask General Assembly to start investigation before adjourning

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The lawyers of Dr. Vanessa Tyson, the first woman to come forward with accusations of sexual assault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, has called on the General Assembly to start an independent investigation into the allegations before the end of the 2019 session. 

Dr. Tyson’s lawyers, Debra S. Katz and Lisa J. Banks, are asking Virginia’s lawmakers to act quickly, citing the end of the legislative session as the reason behind their sense of urgency.

In an email to the media on Thursday, Tyson’s lawyers said the General Assembly has tried to avoid any action since their client’s allegations were released. 

“It has been two weeks since Dr. Vanessa Tyson came forward with detailed allegations about Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax’s sexual assault of her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Since then, Dr. Tyson has made clear that she is willing to cooperate in any investigation by the Virginia General Assembly or other appropriate authorities, including the Suffolk County District Attorney, to ensure that Lt. Governor Fairfax is held accountable for his actions. While prosecutors in Massachusetts have asked to meet with Dr. Tyson in furtherance of an investigation and Dr. Tyson will do so, the Virginia General Assembly has remained silent and has taken no action whatsoever in response to her allegations, even after a second woman, Meredith Watson, came forward to report that Lt. Governor Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000.” 

Click here to read the full statement from Dr. Tyson’s attorneys. 

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