Professor accusing Lt. Gov. Fairfax of sexual assault shares her story

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RICHMOND, Va. — Dr. Vanessa Tyson, the woman who came forward and accused Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her, has shared her story.

Tyson released her statement through her lawyers on Wednesday, days after Fairfax initially went public calling the accusations “totally fabricated.”

Tyson said she came forward February 1, after she learned Fairfax might become Governor of Virginia as a result of Governor Northam’s blackface yearbook photo page.

“This news flooded me with painful memories, bringing back feelings of grief, shame, and anger that stemmed from an incident with Mr. Fairfax that occurred in July 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston,” Dr. Tyson’s statement read.

She explained the two met July 26, 2004, and crossed paths several times during the convention. She described their interactions as “cordial, but not flirtatious.”

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“On the afternoon of the third day of the Convention, July 28, 2004, Mr. Fairfax suggested that I get some fresh air by accompanying him on a quick errand to retrieve documents from his room in a nearby hotel. Given our interactions up to that time, I had no reason to feel threatened and agreed to walk with him to his hotel,” she said. “I stood in the entryway of the room and after he located the documents, he walked over and kissed me. Although surprised by his advance, it was not unwelcome and I kissed him back. He then took my hand and pulled me towards the bed. I was fully clothed in a pantsuit and had no intention of taking my clothes off or engaging in sexual activity.”

She said the consensual kissing “quickly turned into a sexual assault.”

“Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch. Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis. He then forced his penis into my mouth. Utterly shocked and terrified, I tried to move my head away, but could not because his hand was holding down my neck and he was much stronger than me,” she said.

“As I cried and gagged, Mr. Fairfax forced me to perform oral sex on him. I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual. To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent. Quite the opposite. I consciously avoided Mr. Fairfax for the remainder of the Convention and I never spoke to him again.”

In a statement released hours before Tyson’s account went public, Fairfax said he wanted her treated with respect by the media and the public, but “I cannot agree with a description of events that I know is not true.”

He said at no time during the sexual encounter did Tyson express discomfort or concern and added she raised no concerns to him as they kept in touch in the months that followed.

“After the assault, I suffered from both deep humiliation and shame,” Tyson’s statement continued. “I did not speak about it for years. I (like most survivors) suppressed those memories and emotions as a necessary means to continue my studies, and to pursue my goal of building a successful career as an academic.”

Tyson said she went on to earn her Ph.D. and become a tenured professor.

Tyson said she first told friends about the alleged sexual assault in October 2017 ahead of Fairfax’s Lt. Governor election, which he went on to win.

“Years later, in October of 2017, I saw a picture of Mr. Fairfax accompanying an article in The Root about his campaign for Lt. Governor in Virginia. The image hit me like a ton of bricks, triggering buried traumatic memories and the feelings of humiliation I’d felt so intensely back in 2004,” she said. “Prior to reading the article. I had not followed Mr. Fairfax’s career and did not know that he was seeking public office. Unsure of what to do, I felt it was crucial to tell close friends of mine in Virginia, who were voters, about the assault.”

“I have never wavered in my account because I am telling the truth,” Tyson added.

Tyson said it has been extremely difficult to relive the traumatic experience but felt compelled to set the record straight.

“I have no political motive. My only motive in speaking now is to refute Mr. Fairfax’s falsehoods and aspersions of my character, and to provide what I believe is important information for Virginians to have as they make critical decisions that involve Mr. Fairfax.”

Earlier this week, Fairfax revealed that the Washington Post had investigated the claim last year and, in his words, opted not to publish due to “the absence of any evidence corroborating the allegation, significant red flags, and inconsistencies within the allegation.”

The Post disputed Fairfax’s statement, but stated the woman and Fairfax told different stories about what happened, and reporters could not corroborate either version so they did not run a story.

A decision that Tyson says made her feel “powerless, frustrated, and completely drained.”

“Again, I tried to bury memories of this painful incident and focus on my work and my students, wrote Tyson in the statement.

Fairfax made no additional comments about the Tyson statement when asked Wednesday at the Virginia State Capitol. However, he released the following statement just after 5 p.m.

Reading Dr. Tyson’s account is painful. I have never done anything like what she suggests.

As I said in my statement this morning, I have nothing to hide.

Any review of the circumstances would support my account, because it is the truth. I take this situation very seriously and continue to believe Dr. Tyson should be treated with respect. But, I cannot agree to a description of events that simply is not true.

I support the aims of the MeToo movement and I believe that people should always be heard and the truth should be sought. I wish Dr. Tyson the best as I do our Commonwealth.

This is a developing story.

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ADRIEN BRONER 2 SEX CRIME CASES On Same Day!

Boxing star Adrien Broner has a busy Monday — he’s got dates in TWO courtrooms in TWO states to face TWO separate allegations of sexual misconduct, TMZ Sports has learned.

… and it’s all going down just TWO weeks before his mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Here’s the deal … Broner was arrested back in February in Atlanta for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a local shopping mall. Cops say he groped her against her will.

Just 4 months later, Broner was arrested again in Cleveland for allegedly throwing himself on top of a woman at a nightclub and forcing her to kiss him. He’s facing multiple felony counts including gross sexual imposition and abduction.

As fate would have it … both cases have been scheduled for January 7 — and since he can’t be in two places at once, he’s gotta decide which hearing he wants to attend.

We’ve learned Broner is planning on sending a lawyer in his place to Ohio — where he’s not required to attend the hearing in person.

Does that mean he’ll be in Atlanta instead? Broner has a habit of blowing off court cases … so, no one really knows where he’ll be.

Adrien is facing 5 separate charges for the two incidents … and if he’s convicted on all counts — he could go to jail for NINE years.

The craziest part of the story — Broner also has a court date in Florida on Jan. 23 stemming from his arrest for failure to appear in court earlier this month for traffic violations.

In between it all … Broner’s massive fight with Pacquiao is set for Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.

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North Texas pastor charged with sexual assault of children!

An affidavit says one victim was just 13 when Darrell Yancey started abusing her and she conceived three children with him!!

 

Pastor Darrell Maurice Yancey, 59, was booked into the Arlington jail Thursday for sexual crimes against children that police say happened in the 1990s and 2000s.

The pastor has since been moved to the Tarrant County Jail.

Arlington Police have charged Yancey with seven counts of sexual assault of a child, three of which are aggravated because of the age of the victim.

An arrest warrant affidavit says one victim was just 13-years-old when the assaults started, and she conceived three children with Yancey. He is her former pastor. She was living with him at the time because her family had financial difficulties.

The affidavit said the victim placed a recorded call to Yancey earlier this year, in which she confronted him about the abuse and the “impact it had on her spiritually, mentally and emotionally.” She asked if he felt remorse.

“The suspect stated he did not enjoy it and gave an example stating ‘a man does not enjoy it because you didn’t have a willing participant,'” the affidavit reads.

The court documents say another victim was Yancey’s own daughter. She confirmed what was in the affidavit Friday and gave WFAA permission to share that.

Police wouldn’t comment on why charges were brought now.

Yancey has been a pastor all over the DFW area. There are videos of him singing at church all over YouTube. On his Facebook page, he calls himself “The Apostle.”

Police and those who know Yancey say he was most recently a pastor in Terrell.

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BILL COSBY CHICKEN CUTLET PRISON SMACKDOWN … It Wasn’t Me!!!

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Bill Cosby’s comedy is not bombing in prison … at least not to the point where inmates are hurling food at him.

There are reports out that Cosby cracked a joke that another inmate found distasteful and reacted by removing a chicken patty from the bun and throwing it at Cosby, smacking him in the face.

An official from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections tells TMZ, “This did NOT happen, and I am unhappy with anyone who is reporting such fake news.”

The official says Cosby isn’t even mingling with other inmates yet … he has no contact whatsoever. That’s because he’s being evaluated by prison staff and, until they determine the extent to which he should interact with other inmates, he’s by himself and in his own cell.

Cosby’s 2 weeks into his 3 to 10 year sentence for sexual assault.

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A White Woman Falsely Accused a Black 9-Year-Old Boy of Groping Her! Surveillance footage disproves her allegations—and reminds everyone not to automatically believe victims.

The store’s security cameras told a different story

‘Cornerstone Caroline’ apologizes after incident in Brooklyn store

BROOKLYN, NY (WABC/CNN) – The commotion outside of a Flatbush bodega Wednesday evening quickly drew a crowd.

Teresa Klein, now known as “Cornerstore Caroline” on the internet, loudly accused a 9-year-old boy of grabbing her behind.

“I was just sexually assaulted by a child,” Klein could be heard yelling.

In what has since become a viral video on social media, Klein allegedly told a 9-1-1 dispatcher she needed police immediately, prompting gut-wrenching cries from the boy and his younger sister.

Jason Littlejohn, who lives next door, captured the entire exchange that followed on video and said police never came. He now questions if Klein ever made a call and if she understands the gravity of her accusations.

“She basically said, ‘I’m calling the cops on you.’” Littlejohn explained. “She didn’t say the mom or anybody else. She said, ‘I’m calling the cops on you.’ And that poor little boy, man, wherever he is, whoever he is, hopefully there is millions of people that definitely want to help him out.”

Meanwhile, Klein returned to the bodega Friday and watched the surveillance video from inside the store.

The footage clearly showed the boy’s hands in plain sight, and it was his book-bag that grazed her.

“I was wrong,” Klein admitted. “Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry.”

Klein claims since the incident, she’s received an overwhelming amount of phone calls and threats and now she can’t walk the streets of Flatbush without fear.

She also claims the boy’s mother threatened her life and she would like to pursue charges against her.

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Emmett Till’s accuser admits she lied. Now his family wants the truth

636220648756746059-020717emmett-tillEmmett Till’s 1955 killing continues to raise questions. Three books on his death have been published in the past two years.
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JACKSON, Miss. — The family of Emmett Till would like to see authorities explore new questions surrounding his 1955 murder.

Those questions arose because Carolyn Bryant Donham has admitted she lied when she testified that Till touched her — a lie she repeated to the FBI a decade ago.

“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” Donham was quoted as saying.

Bryant admitted her lie to Tim Tyson, author of the new book, The Blood of Emmett Till, but she never gave a reason why.

“There needs to be a revisiting of the evidence in light of this revelation,” said Till’s cousin, Deborah Watts of Minneapolis.

In 1955, an all-white jury acquitted Donham’s then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, of murdering Till — only for them to confess months later to Lookmagazine they had indeed beaten and killed the 14-year-old teen from Chicago.

► Related: Emmett Till’s accuser admits she lied. What now?

Watts, board president of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, praised Donham for her courage in daring to speak now.

“I hope she’s trying to clear her conscience,” said Wheeler Parker of Chicago, who rode on the train with Till from Chicago to Mississippi in 1955. “My job as a pastor is to get people to clear their consciences and get right with God.”

636220656066110621-020717carolyn-bryantCarolyn Bryant poses for a photo in 1955 when she was at the center of the trial of Emmett Till’s alleged killers. After a divorce and second marriage, she is now known as Carolyn Donham.
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He said he has long supported the idea of giving Donham immunity from prosecution in exchange for her telling everything she knows.

“The Bible says you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” he said. “I’m like a bird who’s been in a cage. I’m halfway out of the cage now. That would get me all the way out.”

Parker said he supports the Justice Department looking again at Till’s slaying, but “I don’t know what else they could do.”

He praised the relentless work of FBI agent Dale Killinger on the case, saying, “He did as thorough a job as you can do, unless she’s willing to do more talking.”

Donham has written about her experiences in the Till case in an unpublished memoir, More Than a Wolf Whistle: The Memoir of Carolyn Bryant Donham.

The memoir won’t be available for public inspection at the University of North Carolina archives until 2036 or until she dies, but authorities could subpoena her words.

►Related: ‘The Blood of Emmett Till’ remembers a horrific crime

That happened in 1988 when a grand jury subpoenaed an interview that one-time Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers gave the Mississippi Department of Archives and History with the understanding it wouldn’t be public until his death.

Months later, a jury convicted Bowers of ordering the 1966 murder of Vernon Dahmer, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

Parker would like to see authorities get their hands on the memoir — something he wants to read. “You can’t bring Emmett back, but knowing the truth can set you free,” he said.

Watts agreed, saying she and other relatives want to know what really happened to Till that fateful day of Aug. 28, 1955, where he was beaten and shot to death.

“However we can acquire truth in a legal sense, we would want that,” she said. “We would want prosecution, if warranted, but if not, we want the truth.”

More than anything, Till’s mother wanted the truth, she said. “Mamie wasn’t interested in anyone going to jail.”

►Related: Emmett Till bill could pave way for reopening more civil rights cold cases

So far, Mississippi and federal authorities aren’t commenting.

Alvin Sykes of Kansas City, president of the Emmett Till Justice Campaign, whose work helped lead to the FBI reopening the case in 2004, said Wednesday, “We have engaged in communications with appropriate authorities and are waiting for the appropriate response at the appropriate time.”

Immunity is one possible option, he said. “Sometimes you can get further in the pursuit of truth outside of a prosecution than you can inside.”

Before the 1955 trial of her then-husband ended, Donham took the witness stand and testified outside the presence of the Tallahatchie County, Miss., jury that Till grabbed her, asked for a date and said he had been “with white women before.”

After the FBI reopened the case, Killinger spoke to Donham, who divorced Bryant in 1975 and later remarried.

She repeated the story about Till she had previously testified to, telling Killinger that “as soon as he touched me, I started screaming.”

Notes obtained by The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reveal that Carolyn Bryant gave a different story when she spoke first to defense lawyers in 1955, saying Till “insulted” her, but mentioned nothing about touching her.

►Related: $20K raised to replace bullet-riddled Emmett Till sign

In 2007, a majority-black grand jury in Greenwood, Miss., declined to indict her in connection with the killing after considering a range of charges from aiding and abetting murder to manslaughter to accessory after the fact.

Myrlie Evers-Williams, whose husband, Medgar, investigated the Till killing, said she believes the case deserves another examination.

“I think America needs to look into the end results of this travesty and see what can be done in the future to prevent a replay of it,” she said.

Parker said the lie that Till was a “sexual predator” has staying power.

Not that long ago, he visited a school where a white student told him that Till had “misbehaved and did something he shouldn’t have done.”

If Donham would tell the truth, “she could clear the air on a lot of things,” he said. “She’s made a good start.”

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“Just the Tip of the Iceberg”

New Ben Garrison Cartoon, “Just the Tip of the Iceberg”

A sinister cartoon for a sinister story.

The Church has covered up decades of child molestation by priests across the state of Pennsylvania.

For far too long the Church has ignored or hidden a problem of epidemic proportions under their pulpits. Priest who weren’t arrested and jailed were merely shuffled off to different parishes, where they continued their vile ways of abuse.

Instead of telling someone they’re not a Christian if they have a gun in their house, it’s time for the Pope to clean his own house. He has the power to allow priests to marry and have families. It’s not only normal, but also Biblical.