According to the Washington Post, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has issued a statement denying an allegation of sexual assault. The online publication Big League Politics published a story with the headline, UPDATE: Stanford Fellow Hints At Possible Justin Fairfax Sex Assault.
“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” said the statement from his chief of staff and communications director. “He has never assaulted anyone — ever — in any way, shape or form.”
The Big League Politics story was based on the woman’s private Facebook post, obtained by the online publication from a friend of hers.
Fairfax staff members said that the woman first approached The Post with her allegation when Fairfax won his election in November 2017. The Post “carefully investigated the claim for several months.”
Fairfax met the woman in Boston in 2004 at the Democratic national convention. They realized that they had a mutual friend, which put her enough at ease to join Fairfax on a walk to his hotel room to pick up papers. Fairfax and the woman gave different accounts of the events inside the room. The Washington Post could find no evidence for either story.
Fairfax said that the encounter was consensual. The woman said that the encounter began with consensual kissing, but ended with an act of force by Fairfax. She asserted that Fairfax used his strength to force her into performing oral sex.
The Washington Post did not find any other complaints of sexual misconduct against Fairfax after calling Fairfax’s peers from college, law school, and in political circles. Without anything to back up the woman’s claim, the Washington Post was not able to run her story.
An anonymous person who knows both Fairfax and the woman said, “It doesn’t sound like anything he would do. It doesn’t sound like anything she would lie about.”