Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is talking out in opposition to what he’s calling a false and unsubstantiated sexual assault allegation in opposition to him.
Fairfax ― who’s in line to switch Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ought to the governor resign over a racist photograph in his medical faculty yearbook ― mentioned the allegation in opposition to him was initially raised to The Washington Publish over a 12 months in the past however by no means amounted to something.
“The Publish fastidiously investigated the declare for a number of months,” Fairfax’s workplace mentioned in an announcement. “After being introduced with info according to the Lt. Governor’s denial of the allegation, the absence of any proof corroborating the allegation, and important pink flags and inconsistencies inside the allegation, the Publish made the thought of choice to not publish the story.”
“Tellingly, not one different respected media outlet has seen match to air this false declare. Solely now, at a time of intense media consideration surrounding Virginia politics, has this false declare been raised once more,” the assertion added.
Fairfax didn’t element the allegation or establish the outlet that revealed it. However conservative information website Large League Politics ― which on Friday was the primary outlet to publish the photograph from Northam’s yearbook web page by which one man wears blackface and one other is in Ku Klux Klan robes ― reported Sunday lady named Vanessa Tyson had accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her on the 2004 Democratic Nationwide Conference in Boston.
Tyson is recognized as a fellow at Stanford College. She just lately shared her allegation in opposition to Fairfax in a personal Fb publish to a good friend, in accordance with Large League Politics. The outlet mentioned it had obtained that publish with Tyson’s permission.
The Publish responded to Fairfax’s assertion in an article Monday, confirming that it had been contacted by a girl who accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004. The paper mentioned she reached out simply previous to Fairfax’s inauguration in 2018 and that it hadn’t been in a position to corroborate both Fairfax’s or the girl’s account.
However the Publish mentioned it didn’t discover “important pink flags and inconsistencies inside the allegations,” as Fairfax’s assertion claims.
The girl, who the Publish didn’t identify, reportedly accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in his lodge room after he requested if she would accompany him to the room to choose up some papers. She mentioned what started as consensual kissing ended along with her being pressured to carry out oral intercourse on him. She mentioned she by no means advised anybody about what occurred till approaching the Publish about it. The publication mentioned it didn’t publish a narrative on the allegation as a result of there had been no different related complaints in opposition to Farifax and since it couldn’t corroborate her account.
Tyson has circuitously commented on the allegation publicly. She didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon Monday.
Fairfax’s workplace mentioned the lieutenant governor will take applicable authorized motion in opposition to anybody who makes an attempt to unfold “this defamatory and false allegation” in opposition to him.
This story has been up to date with a response from The Washington Publish.