The 2 girls accusing Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax of sexual assault stated they’d be prepared to testify at attainable impeachment proceedings in opposition to the Democrat.
Attorneys for Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson launched statements Saturday saying the ladies would testify in opposition to Fairfax, who has confronted calls from members of his personal social gathering to resign.
“We can even produce documentary proof of Ms. Watson revealing to others the truth that Fairfax raped her,” the assertion launched by Watson’s legal professionals stated. Their consumer can present two witnesses whom she advised of her alleged encounter with Fairfax the day after it occurred, the legal professionals stated.
Watson claims Fairfax raped her whereas they have been classmates at Duke College.
Legal professionals for Tyson launched a assertion late Saturday saying she is “totally ready to testify at impeachment proceedings and to cooperate with regulation enforcement in any investigation” into the allegations in opposition to Fairfax.
Tyson claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her in the course of the 2004 Democratic Nationwide Conference in Boston.
Fairfax denied the ladies’s claims Saturday, saying the encounters have been consensual.
“I heard from Dr. Tyson after the 2004 Conference, and he or she by no means stated or in any other case indicated that our interplay was not consensual or induced her any discomfort,” Fairfax stated within the assertion. “Concerning Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in faculty each earlier than and after the encounter, and he or she by no means stated to me that our interplay was not consensual or induced her any discomfort.”
A number of Democrats — in Virginia and nationally — have referred to as on Fairfax to resign. Patrick Hope, a fellow Democrat and member of the Virginia Home of Delegates, introduced Friday that he will transfer to question Fairfax if the lieutenant governor doesn’t resign by Monday.
“There is no query that violent sexual assault clearly qualifies as a excessive crime,” Hope stated in a information convention Friday night time. “I consider these girls. He must resign instantly.”
Virginia’s management has been rocked by a collection of latest scandals. Along with Fairfax, Gov. Ralph Northam and state Lawyer Basic Mark Herring, additionally Democrats, have confronted calls to resign over their use of blackface whereas in faculty. Each males have signaled they don’t have any intention of resigning — regardless of calls to resign from a bunch of Democrats with nationwide profiles.