Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfaix responded to a an online article posted by Big League Politics where a Stanford fellow hinted Fairfax sexually assaulted her.
“Does anybody think it’s a coincidence that on the eve of my potentially being elevated that this uncorroborated smear comes out?” Fairfax said.
The conservative-leaning site shared a private post from Vanessa Tyson’s social media page where she said an office-holder who is about to get a very big promotion sexually assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Fairfax released a statement on his personal and official Twitter page that said:
“Tonight, an online publication released a false and unsubstantiated allegation against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.
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.
The person reported to be making this false allegation first approached The Washington Post—one of the nation’s most prominent newspapers— more than a year ago, around the time of the Lieutenant Governor’s historic inauguration. 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 any 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 again.
This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above. The Lt. Governor will take appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation.”