The Strange Case of the Disappearing Virginia Democrats Scandal


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Gov.-elect Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax greet supporters at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Two weeks ago, on a Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) had a great photo-op as he ceremonially signed legislation on foster care. Behind him stood a bipartisan group of state of officials and legislators. Beside him at the table sat Carlos Johnson, a young man who aged out of foster care in the state and has been a face for the campaign to improve the system and increase the number of foster families in Virginia. It was a nice moment, and a good photo-op. And there was neither hint of rain nor shadow of clouds over the governor, who just two months ago almost moonwalked while holding a press conference to admit he wore blackface. That’s right. That was only two months ago. February. Also in February, Attorney General Mark Herring (D) likewise had a blackface scandal. Also in February, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) was accused Continue reading "The Strange Case of the Disappearing Virginia Democrats Scandal"

Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Tears Up: ‘I Feel Guilty’ For Not Speaking Out Before He Assaulted Vanessa Tyson


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In the second half of her interview with CBS, Meredith Watson burst into tears as she spoke about Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the broader implications of his alleged sexual assault against her. After Watson described how Fairfax supposedly raped her when they were in college together in 2000, she said she has nothing to gain by going public, even as Gayle King brought up several scrutinized elements of her past. She countered those arguments by saying “I don’t have to defend myself because nothing in my life that happened after that night is relevant to what happened that night.” The conversation eventually moved on with King asking Watson how she felt when Vanessa Tyson became the first woman to come forward with the claim that Fairfax sexually assaulted her. Since Tyson claims her assault happened in 2004, Watson said “I feel guilty” because Tyson’s ordeal might not Continue reading "Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Tears Up: ‘I Feel Guilty’ For Not Speaking Out Before He Assaulted Vanessa Tyson"

Second Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Speaks Out on Alleged Rape: ‘A Huge Betrayal, He Was my Friend’


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CBS’ Gayle King followed up her interview with Vanessa Tyson on Tuesday by speaking to Meredith Watson, the second woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. In the interview, Watson started by recalling how she knew Fairfax during their college years and would frequently hang out with one another. She remembered that “I was not worried at all” when they were spending time together as Fairfax neared graduation in 2000, but then she described Fairfax locking the door to their room, turning off the lights and physically stopping her from leaving. “He did things that you shouldn’t do to someone without their permission,” Watson said before emphatically saying “he forcibly sexually assaulted and raped me.” Fairfax has claimed that his night with Watson was consensual, but she countered “if you have to hold someone down, it’s not consensual.” Watson also told King she Continue reading "Second Fairfax Accuser Meredith Watson Speaks Out on Alleged Rape: ‘A Huge Betrayal, He Was my Friend’"

Justin Fairfax Accuser Calls For Virginia Lt. Gov to Resign; Details Alleged Assault: I Was ‘Choking and Gagging’


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Vanessa Tyson got emotional on Monday as she gave an interview to CBS and shared graphic details about her claim that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her years ago. Tyson drew media attention approximately two months ago when she came forward with her claim that Fairfax forced himself on her when they met at a Democratic convention in Boston back in 2004. As she spoke to Gayle King about how she knew Fairfax and wound up inside of his hotel room, Tyson recalled how she was “surprised” when Fairfax started kissing her. While she said the kissing “wasn’t unwelcome” and was “completely consensual,” Tyson described how she and Fairfax ended up on his bed, and she started crying when she recalled the moment when “it’s like my neck didn’t work.”
“I couldn’t feel my neck, I couldn’t hold my neck up. he’s using his hand on the Continue reading "Justin Fairfax Accuser Calls For Virginia Lt. Gov to Resign; Details Alleged Assault: I Was ‘Choking and Gagging’"