Justin Fairfax had consensual sex with woman who now accuses him of sexual assault
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Monday said he had a consensual one-night stand with a woman in 2004 who now accuses him of sexual assault, saying that he is the victim of a political smear.
Everything was 100 percent consensual. Not only that, the same person called me sometime later and wanted to meet with me, wanted to come visit me wanted me to meet her mother, Mr. Fairfax told reporters in Richmond.
Attributing sinister motivations to his accusers, Mr. Fairfax said he took Biblical advice and donned armor of God that allows us to deal with the devils schemes and tricks.
The sexual assault allegation swamped Mr. Fairfax as he stood poised to become governor if Gov. Ralph Northam heeds unrelenting calls to resign over a racist yearbook photo.
Mr. Northam and Mr. Fairfax are both Democrats, and the dual scandals left the party reeling.
The lieutenant governor, who is black, was widely viewed as their partys savior when Mr. Northman was linked to a photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook that showed somebody in blackface with another person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.
Mr. Fairfax said the timing of the sexual assault allegation pointed to a political motivation.
Vanessa Tyson, a visiting fellow at Stanford University, claimed that Mr. Fairfax sexually assaulted her when they were both campaign staffers at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Her story was first reported by the conservative news site Big League Politics, which was the same outlet that first published the racist yearbook photo.