Virginia politician’s accuser on Stanford sex assault panel

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.

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