Two women, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, have given national television interviews to detail their allegations of sexual assault against Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.
Tyson’s interview aired Monday morning on CBS, and Watson’s is scheduled for the following day. They mark the first televised interviews with the women since they came forward in February amid Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s separate controversy sparked by a decades-old racist yearbook photo.
Fairfax has issued a categorical denial of the allegations and his office has said he has taken two polygraph exams in an effort to show he is telling the truth.
‘I was so ashamed’
In the interview, Tyson recounted her allegation that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and addressed the ensuing controversy since she came forward.
Tyson said what began as “completely consensual” kissing turned into Fairfax forcibly moving her head to his crotch to the point she could not feel her neck or lift her head.
“I was so ashamed. I was so humiliated,” Tyson said in the interview, noting that at the time she worked at a rape crisis center.
Watson went public with her allegation of rape against Fairfax shortly after Tyson came forward. She has said Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000.
In a clip of the interview released by CBS on Monday, Watson offers an intensely emotional expression of regret for not coming forward at the time of the alleged incident.
“It happened to her after it happened to me, and had I had the strength or the courage to say something in 2000, maybe it never would have happened to her,” Watson said of Tyson.
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SOURCE: CNN, Eli Watkins