Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax slams false claim against him as calls for Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation continue over a racist yearbook photo while he was in medical school.
Fairfax tweeted a statement: “Tonight, an online publication released a false and unsubstantiated claim against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. 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 the significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation, the Post made the considered decision not to publish the story.”
Fairfax is threatening legal action against “those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation.”
— Justin Fairfax (@LGJustinFairfax) February 4, 2019
The site behind Northam’s racism row, Big League Politics, which is pro-Trump, is also behind this latest story. The woman has been identified as Vanessa Tyson and she has retained the same legal team as Christine Blasey Ford.
NBC News can confirm that the unidentified California woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault has hired Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's legal team — Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP — as her legal representation. @sarahmccammon was first to report.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 5, 2019
The Washington Post is contradicting Fairfax’s statement to some degree saying they did not find “significant red flags and inconsistencies.”