Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Denies Sexual Assault Claim, Washington Post Pushes Back
By Fox News // February 4, 2019
accuser alleges the sexual assault occurred at 2004 DNC Convention in Boston
ABOVE VIDEO: Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issues a denial to an allegation of sexual assault that surfaced after 15 years.
(FOX NEWS) – Graphic new details are emerging about a newly revealed allegation of sexual assault against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, as The Washington Post pushes back against Fairfax’s claim that the newspaper found serious problems with the original accusation when it initially opted not to publish the account.
“The Post did not find ‘significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,’ as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said,” the Washington Post said in a story published Monday, sharply disputing the lieutenant governor’s statement.
The allegation against Fairfax, a Democrat, first surfaced on the website Big League Politics, the same right-wing political blog that published the now-infamous yearbook photo showing someone in blackface and someone in a KKK costume on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page. Fairfax has vehemently denied the accusation.
In a pre-dawn denial on Monday, Fairfax tweeted a statement saying he “has never assaulted anyone—ever—in any way, shape, or form.”
Fairfax said that the accuser, a woman, “first approached the Washington Post” over a year ago, prior to Fairfax’s inauguration in 2018.
“The Post carefully investigated the claim for several months,” Fairfax’s office said in the statement. “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.”
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Would really love to know why the Washington Post spiked this story but ran with Christine Ford’s. Ford had no evidence or witnesses. We don’t even know if the reporter ever saw the alleged therapy notes that were referenced or if they even exist… https://t.co/vdzEAFCkPl
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) February 4, 2019
The Post did not find “significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,” as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said. https://t.co/aAGI5Nb75u
— Robert Costa (@costareports) February 4, 2019
VA Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denies sexual assault claim, telling reporters in Richmond that he had "consensual encounter" with woman in hotel room in 2004 https://t.co/pvo4q30cCe pic.twitter.com/uhVO1VkUpr
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 4, 2019
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