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Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Wants FBI to Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations as He Faces Pressure to Resign

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Amid cries for his resignation, Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is turning to the FBI, The Hill reports. 

Fairfax is asking the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against him that have been made by two women.

On Saturday, he released a statement that “all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me.”

“The one thing I want to make abundantly clear is that in both situations I knew at the time, and I know today, that the interactions were consensual,” he said.

“I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process,” Fairfax added.

Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

Last week, Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004, saying he “forced [her] to perform oral sex on him.”

“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault,” Tyson, a college professor from California, said in a statement.

A second woman, Meredith Watson, came forward on Friday, saying through her lawyer that Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University.


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