The Latest: Virginia politician's accuser talks sex assault

Posted at 9:37 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 21:37:24-05

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia lieutenant governor's accuser's appearance at Stanford(all times local):

6:40 p.m.

The college professor who accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault was welcomed to a Stanford University symposium on that topic with a standing ovation from about 100 people in the audience.

Vanessa Tyson took her seat on the panel Tuesday night alongside two colleagues also participating in the panel discussion on how to report sexual assault and counsel victims. Stanford authorities told the audience that no reference would be made to Tyson's accusations and banned personal questions of the panelists.

Speaking generally, Tyson used the pronoun "we" several times when discussing victims, saying at one point that sexual assault victims are comforted when "we hear someone else's story."

Tyson also said she was "deeply disturbed" by attempts to discredit women who report sexual assault.


1:55 p.m.

A college professor who has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault will appear at a long-planned academic symposium on that topic at Stanford University.

Stanford officials say she won't discuss the incident.

Vanessa Tyson was the first of two women who alleged last week that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted them, prompting calls for his resignation. Fairfax has denied the allegations and said he won't resign.

Tyson is spending the year researching race, sex and politics at Stanford and is scheduled to share some of her research Tuesday night.

In a statement last week she said Fairfax held her head down and forced her to perform oral sex in his hotel room at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.