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Justin Fairfax Accuser Speaks With Law Enforcement 

Justin Fairfax Accuser Speaks With Law Enforcement 

A woman accusing VA Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax (D) of sexual assault will meet with law enforcement and a District Attorney to detail her sexual assault claim. Dr. Vanessa Tysonaccused Fairfax of forcing her to have oral sex with him at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. “What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault," she said in a statement last week. "Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him." Fairfax spokesperson Lauren Burke said that he would cooperate with any investigation, but would consider pressing charges against Tyson for making a false claim against him. "We know that when all accounts are heard that the truth will prevail and his name will be cleared,” she added. Tyson spoke Tuesday night at a Stanford University symposium that addressed sexual violence. A second woman, Meredith Watson, also accused Fairfax of sexual assault last week. She said that he raped her while they were both students at Duke University. Around the same time, she also accused former NBA player Corey Maggette of raping her as well. But, according to a friend, school officials did not pursue the claim. Magette denied the accusation on Monday. “It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” he said in a statement. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.” In 2008, Watson had a restraining order filed against her by an ex-boyfriend. Court records show the man she was reportedly in a relationship with claimed that Watson held him against his will in his North Carolina vacation house, “dented the trunk” of his car with her fist, sent threatening texts, and threatened to kill herself. More here.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Names Terrence J National Ambassador

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Names Terrence J National Ambassador

Tom Pérez Taps Howard Dean to Lead Voter Data Project, Ending Fight with States

Tom Pérez Taps Howard Dean to Lead Voter Data Project, Ending Fight with States