“The one factor I wish to make abundantly clear is that in each conditions I knew on the time, and I do know at the moment, that the interactions have been consensual,” Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax mentioned. | Drew Angerer/Getty Photos
Up to date 02/09/2019 09:56 PM EST
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Saturday known as for an FBI investigation into two girls’s allegations that he sexually assaulted them, saying that his interactions with each of the accusers have been consensual encounters.
“As an officer of the courtroom and a former federal prosecutor, I’ve devoted my life to the regulation and due course of,” Fairfax mentioned in an announcement. “Consequently, I name on all acceptable and neutral investigatory authorities, together with the FBI, to research absolutely and totally the allegations in opposition to me by Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson. I ask that every one three of us be revered throughout this course of.”
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California school professor Vanessa Tyson on Wednesday mentioned Fairfax pressured her to carry out oral intercourse in his lodge room in the course of the 2004 Democratic Nationwide Conference in Boston.
On Friday, Meredith Watson mentioned Fairfax raped her in a “premeditated and aggressive” assault whereas they have been college students at Duke College in 2000.
“The one factor I wish to make abundantly clear is that in each conditions I knew on the time, and I do know at the moment, that the interactions have been consensual,” the lieutenant governor mentioned Saturday.
“I heard from Dr. Tyson after the 2004 Conference, and she or he by no means mentioned or in any other case indicated that our interplay was not consensual or triggered her any discomfort,” he mentioned. “Concerning Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in school each earlier than and after the encounter, and she or he by no means mentioned to me that our interplay was not consensual or triggered her any discomfort.”
Fairfax has up to now confronted calls to resign from the Democratic state Home and Senate caucuses, practically the state’s total congressional delegation, Sen. Tim Kaine, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a number of other presidential candidates.
Democratic state Rep. Patrick Hope of Arlington additionally urged Fairfax to go away workplace, and threatened to submit articles of impeachment in opposition to the lieutenant governor if he doesn’t resign by Monday.
Watson’s lawyer on Saturday night mentioned that “Justin Fairfax’s newest assertion re-victimizes Ms. Watson and Dr. Tyson,” including that Watson and her corroborating witnesses can be prepared to testify at an impeachment listening to in Richmond.
“Fairfax, now, for the primary time admits sexual contact with Ms. Watson, however now claims that it was ‘consensual,'” lawyer Nancy Erika Smith mentioned in an announcement. “There was nothing consensual concerning the rape of Ms. Watson and the one put up rape interplay between them consisted of Ms. Watson confronting Mr. Fairfax concerning the assault.”
Smith mentioned she would produce two witnesses whom Watson advised concerning the alleged sexual assault the day after it occurred, in addition to “documentary proof of Ms. Watson revealing to others the truth that Fairfax raped her.”
Smith additionally mentioned that Watson might contact North Carolina regulation enforcement officers in pursuit of a possible legal prosecution of Fairfax.
Fairfax has beforehand denied each girls’s allegations. Responding to studies of Tyson’s claims on Wednesday, he mentioned that he has “nothing to cover,” and confused that survivors of sexual assault have to be given “the area and assist to voice their tales.”
Fairfax known as Watson’s allegations on Friday “demonstrably false,” including: “It’s apparent vicious and coordinated smear marketing campaign is being orchestrated in opposition to me.”
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam additionally re-entrenched himself in opposition to bipartisan calls to step down on Saturday after a racist photograph on his medical college yearbook web page first surfaced on Feb. 1.
The governor vowed in an interview with The Washington Put up to serve out the remaining three years of his time period, with a deal with remedying “ongoing inequities” associated to race within the commonwealth.
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