Boston’s top prosecutor has offered to investigate allegations that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins says she’s already reached out to lawyers representing accuser Vanessa Tyson, letting them know she’ll probe the allegation if Tyson files a criminal complaint.
The New York Post Reports:
“We will help in any way we can if she chooses to come forward,” Rollins told the Boston Globe in an interview published Wednesday.
“We would offer any number of services starting from getting them in touch with counselors all the way, if they were so inclined, to seek prosecution.”
A spokesman for Rollins wouldn’t say if Tyson’s lawyers have responded.
Tyson, a California college professor, has accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him at a hotel room while they were both in Boston for the 2004 convention.
Last week, a second woman, Meredith Watson, accused Fairfax of raping her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University in North Carolina.
Fairfax claims both encounters were consensual, and has called on the FBI to investigate.
Both allegations came to light following calls for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over a racist photo on his 1984 medical yearbook page. If Northam steps down, Fairfax will inherit the top job.
From The New York Post