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VA Lt. Governor Issues Statement Concerning Sexual Assault Allegation Against Him

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax released a forceful statement on Monday morning denying an allegation of sexual assault.

Fairfax is next in line to be the governor of Virginia if embattled Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) is to resign. Soon after advocating for infanticide during a radio interview, an offensive yearbook photo allegedly of Northam either in blackface or a KKK hood resurfaced. The Democrat initially copped to the photo, but now, curiously, is claiming he is not the man either dressed in blackface or in a KKK robe.

A fellow from Stanford University claimed she was assaulted in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention, Big League Politics, a right-leaning site founded by former Breitbart employees, reported Sunday night. The allegation implied the accused was against Fairfax but did not mention the lieutenant governor by name.

“Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer. You spend the next 13 years trying to forget it ever happened. Until one day you find out he’s the Democratic candidate for statewide office in a state some 3000 miles away, and he wins that election in November 2017,” said a post from the accuser, identified as Vanessa Tyson. “Then, by strange, horrible luck, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll get a VERY BIG promotion.”

“Tonight, an online publication released a false and unsubstantiated allegation against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax,” a statement from Fairfax started. “Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect. He has never assaulted anyone ever in any way, shape, or form.”

Fairfax’s statement admitted that the allegation of sexual assault surfaced around the time of his inauguration, notably before alleged racist photos of Northam resurfaced.

“The person reported to be making this false allegation first approached the Washington Post-one of the nation’s most prominent newspaper-more than a year ago, around the time of the Lieutenant Governor’s historic inauguration,” the statement said. “The Post carefully investigated the claim for several months. After being presented with facts consistent with the Lt. Governor’s denial of the allegation, the absence of evidence corroborating the allegation, and significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation, the Post made the considered decision not to publish the story.”

“Tellingly, not one other reputable media outlet has seen fit to air this false claim. Only now, at a time of intense media attention surrounding Virginia politics, has this false claim been raised,” it continued.

The statement noted that Fairfax “will take appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation.”

Last week, Northam appeared on WTOP’s “Ask The Governor,” where he expressed his support for legislation that would allow abortion up to the moment of birth, and even advocated for infanticide (emphasis added):

This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved. When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of physicians, more than one physician by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus which is non-viable. So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.