Sexual Assault

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax Denies Sexual Misconduct Charge

And threatens legal action against "those attempting to spread" the story

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Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax (D) has denied that he sexually assaulted a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

In a statement issued very late last night, Fairfax also claimed that The Washington Post previously investigated this matter a year ago and found significant inconsistencies in his accuser's story. But the Post disputed his characterization of their findings. "The Post did not find 'significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,' as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said," wrote Post columnist Theresa Vargas.

According to the Post, editors decided not to run with the story because they couldn't find anyone to corroborate it. The incident took place in Fairfax's hotel room: No one else witnessed whatever occurred, and the accuser did not confide in anyone. In her telling, the encounter began as consensual kissing, but Fairfax eventually forced her to give him oral sex against her will. In his telling, the encounter was consensual throughout, and the accuser later expressed a desire to have some kind of ongoing relationship.

"The same person called me sometime later and wanted to meet with me, wanted to come visit me… wanted to come to New York City to meet with me, wanted me to meet her mother," said Fairfax in a press conference on Monday, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch. He also threatened "legal action" against "those attempting to spread" the rumors.

The accusation did not come to light until a friend of the accuser informed the conservative website Big League Politics about it. Big League Politics also broke the news last week that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) had apparently appeared in a racist costume for his medical school yearbook in the mid 1980s. Northam initially apologized but has since denied that he was in the photo. Many have called for him to resign; if he did so, Fairfax would become governor.

Big League Politics obtained a Facebook post, allegedly written by Fairfax's accuser, in which she expresses anger at the idea that the man who sexually assaulted her is about to "get a big promotion." The alleged accuser did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and it is not clear if she has consented to have her identity and her story made public at this time.

If she comes forward and provides more information about what happened, then the public will have to evaluate her credibility. In the meantime, there isn't nearly enough information to render any kind of judgment about whether the accusation is true. As I've written many times previously, it is neither appropriate to automatically believe or disbelieve accusations of sexual assault. We should accept that when trying to determine the truth of events that transpired years and years ago, we will often be frustrated by the sheer unknowability of it all.

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  1. Yeah, spread it baby.

    1. GUILTY!!!!!!

  2. #beleiveonlysomewomen

    1. Yeah. While I am impressed that they showed some skepticism, I’m less impressed the media showed it to benefit a Democrat.

      1. Poor Republicans. Waah.

        You people are terrible.

        1. That is right Tony. We just don’t understand that guilt or innocence is judged by the accused’s politics. You know for certain Kavanaugh is guilty of anything he is accused of and this guy innocent. You know because you look at what is important, which political party they are a member of.

          1. You actively wish for the death of an elderly woman on the same court. Fuck you and your fake morals. Nobody is buying it.

            1. Who has asked for the death of any SCOTUS justice here?

            2. I have never wished for the death of anyone on the Court you crazy fuck. Stop trying to change the subject from your lunacy.

            3. Taste the projection.

              1. He is claiming below Kavanaugh admitted to raping Ford in his journal and was drunk when he testified before Congress. Tony is crazier than he usually is today.

            4. Tony, while I hope you take my advice and irrevocably harm yourself, my preference for RBG is tha she quietly retire and go relax on a beach somewhere, drinking her wine. Perhaps living to 100.

              You’re free to drop dead today.

            5. As much as I dislike RBG’s attempts to undo the Republic, I wish her well. Antonin Scalia adored her, so she must have some redeeming qualities.

              1. The fanfic is getting written already.

  3. #notyou

  4. “According to the Post, editors decided not to run with the story because they couldn’t find anyone to corroborate it.” Holy crap, since when did a rag like the Washington Post learn how to vet and investigate a story?

    Oh wait, this guy has a (D) after his name. Carry on.

    1. For me this is 90% of the story.

      With Kavanaugh they conspired with Schumer to fake leak the story that not only was not corroborated, but was a non-story even if true.

      Then when it is team D they decide that a victim who comes forward with credible and timely accusations of an actual sexual assault… Nah. Hard pass.

      That isnt editorial judgement… That is being a propaganda arm of the DNC

      1. Maybe time for an investigation into being an unregistered lobbyist?

  5. Oral sex, eh? Here we have the left eating itself.

    1. Because white woman trumps black male on the victimhood scale.

      1. I guess if Black Men are hyperpredators according to Hilldawg, then maybe white woman are hyperprey?

  6. It is a good thing that the media has standards. Otherwise they would run totally uncorroborated rape allegations made 30 years after the fact against Supreme Court nominees. And just like sitting on this story, they would never do that, right?

  7. Doesn’t the Lt. Guvnah know that black men are not exempt from being whacked by the metoo mafia?

    1. The media kept it quiet long enough for him to get elected.

      1. On Saturday, I caught up with an old friend who is now the assistant headmaster at a private high school and we had a freaking ball talking about all the things he said or did in high school, college, and for several years afterwards that would get him fired. If the parents of those kids only knew…..

          1. Oddly enough, he supported Jesse in 1984.

            1. Helms?

        1. In the first month or two as a high school teacher, I attended the birthday party of a fellow teacher at the school and discovered that teachers drink alcohol after work like normal humans do. I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me where siblings come from.

  8. We should accept that when trying to determine the truth of events that transpired years and years ago, we will often be frustrated by the sheer unknowability of it all.

    #ChooseToBelieve

  9. But the Post disputed his characterization of their findings. “The Post did not find ‘significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,’ as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said,” wrote Post columnist Theresa Vargas.

    According to the Post, editors decided not to run with the story because they couldn’t find anyone to corroborate it. The incident took place in Fairfax’s hotel room: No one else witnessed whatever occurred, and the accuser did not confide in anyone. In her telling, the encounter began as consensual kissing, but Fairfax eventually forced her to give him oral sex against her will. In his telling, the encounter was consensual throughout, and the accuser later expressed a desire to have some kind of ongoing relationship.

    She clearly confided it in someone or no one would know about the allegation. And since when is the failure to report it at the time something that the Post considers disqualifying for a rape allegation. These people have a lot of nerve if nothing else.

    1. How many reporters STILL believe Ford in spite of her testimony being even LESS credible?

      1. She that whole performance in front of Congress and the world was just an act?

        1. Yes. She lied her ass off. She never could say even where it happened much less when. She made it impossible to prove his innocence because since she never said where or when it happened so he had no way to show he wasn’t there.

          But you know he was guilty because he was a Republican. Just like you know this guy is innocent because he is a Democrat. It is a good thing you are not a fantical crazy fuck or anything.

          1. I think he’s guilty because he wrote about it in his journal and acted like a guilty person.

            There is no presumption of innocence before you’re admitted to the Supreme Court. All you care about is (R)s getting a tally on their side of the chalkboard. You have no opinions that are worth anything. You are a worthless brain in a worthless body.

            1. I think he’s guilty because he wrote about it in his journal and acted like a guilty person.]

              Kavanaugh never wrote about it in his journal. Jesus Christ Tony, what the hell is wrong with you beyond the obvious. That is an absurd lie even by your standards. You think he is guitly because you politics say he is and you are even willing to make shit up to rationalize it.

              Good God you are hideous. And you seem to get worse every day.

            2. There is no presumption of innocence before you’re admitted to the Supreme Court.

              You’re right. There’s also no presumption of innocence before losing your job over unfounded allegations. Not legally. But, morally, ethically, and just for selfish reasons, one should extend said presumption, regardless.

            3. I think he’s guilty because he wrote about it in his journal

              This kind of stupidity has to be performance art.

            4. I think he’s guilty because he wrote about it in his journal and acted like a guilty person.

              “XOXO, Gossip Girl.”

        2. Yes.

          Next question?

          What part of it, exactly, was credible? The few verifiable things she said were not verified by anybody.

          1. It was he said, she said, and there is no evidence she was hired as an operative to bring him down, and plenty of evidence that her testimony was given reluctantly and at great cost to her privacy.

            Pretend he was nominated by a Democrat and watch that sniveling, drunken performance. He was drunk in fucking Congress in the morning.

            Not that there’s anything wrong with that for someone being hired to push paper at a mortgage company office.

            1. Kavanaugh was not drunk. No one says that./ There is no evidence of that. Stop making shit up. You are are not even giving talkign points at this point. You are just making shit up.

            2. Tony, where do you get this pizzagate-level bullshit? It’s desperately stupid,

            3. It was he said, she said

              He had corroboration. She did not.

              there is no evidence she was hired as an operative to bring him down

              Thank you for disproving a theory I never claimed.

              plenty of evidence that her testimony was given reluctantly and at great cost to her privacy.

              They DID offer to travel to her and do the testimony without a media circus. Umm, she didn’t take them up on the offer.

              Pretend he was nominated by a Democrat and watch that sniveling, drunken performance.

              I saw Kagan do a stunning Rain Man impersonation for her hearings.

              1. You are certainly asserting the existence of a conspiracy if you dismiss the accusations.

                1. How obtuse can you actually get, Tony?

                2. You are certainly asserting the existence of a conspiracy if you dismiss the accusations.

                  I’m stating she is an attention whore.

                  You’re trying to concoct some asinine conspiracy theory.

                  If she was so scared of the attention — why DIDN’T she have them interview her in California as they offered to do?

                3. Tony, you really ought to have your testicles beaten with your own shoes.

                  1. Tony, you really ought to have your testicles beaten with your own shoes.

                    I saw that website, Last of the Shitlords. It was a bit too kinky for me, and it only had 2 videos outside the paywall.

            4. No, it was she said, and 4 other people said.

  10. So who is third in line?

    1. “The Common Denominator”

    2. I thought Who was on first?

          1. I don’t know

    3. Running a train?

  11. Hey Robbie! Great work on the Covington Boys story but that’s “old news”. Now it looks like this Patrick Howley is eating your lunch in the 2019 digital cub reporter category.

    1. Robbie has a couple scalps. Credit where it’s due.

  12. Would you say she’s uncorroborated but credible?

    1. She might be. The fact that she continued to be associated with him is not preclusive of this having happened. Rape victims often do that for reasons I could not hazard a guess why.

      It is hard to say how credible she is. We don’t even know who she is. I think the Post was right not to print this allegation. The problem is that they went into a feeding frenzy over a much less credible allegation against Kavanaugh. And they would have done the same thing had this guy been a Republican.

      1. I was making a Kavanaugh joke.

        1. Sorry I missed it.

    2. I was hoping someone would say that exact line.

      Thanks for not disappointing me commentariat.

    3. Can’t say she’s credible since all she’s shared is a Facebook post complaining about it, in which she didn’t even mention him by name.

      I’ll say the same thing I said about Ford: Sure, it’s plausible.

      Amazing that the Washington Post was all over the Kavanaugh story but didn’t even let slip a whiff of this.

      1. Democracy dies in something something.

      2. *possible, not plausible

  13. I don’t see Vanessa Tyson’s name anywhere? Your source mentions Vanessa Tyson by name:

    A woman named Vanessa Tyson, who is a fellow at Stanford University, says that a man who allegedly sexually assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention is now an office-holder about to get a “very big promotion,” according to a screenshot provided by a tipster.

    There’s no real mystery about how Vanessa Tyson’s story got ‘leaked’ to the press. Why do we wholly name Justin Fairfax but not Vanessa Tyson? Why is it such a mystery whom she ‘confided in’? It’s not like charges have been filed or there’s an official police investigation or anything.

    1. In fairness to her, she hasn’t made the allegation publicly. Some friend did. So, I don’t think it is fair to drag her name into the public.

      1. Well, Adria Scharf, a community activist in Richmond claims to have Tyson’s permission to have shared the Tweet publicly.

        Just to be clear, the law on the books currently is that if you think a child or elderly/disabled person is the victim of a sexual assault, you are legally compelled to notify the authorities.

        The waiting 13-yrs. and leaking not-so allegations through a friend-of-a-friend (who also happens to be a community activist) via Twitter bullshit has got to stop.

        1. I agree. Report it to the cops and put it under oath or STFU. The only real issue here is the craven hypocrisy of the media.

          1. An NPR morning story says Vanessa Tyson ? the woman accusing current Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in a Boston hotel room during the 2004 Democratic National Convention ? has hired the D.C. firm of Katz, Marshall, and Banks. It’s the same firm from whom lawyers counseled Christine Blasio Ford on her allegations against now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was a nominee. A source with the firm tells NPR they are advising Tyson on “the next steps”.

            I’m split. There is the craven hypocrisy of the media, but if rape culture exists, these are the women are effectively abetting it. I’m not saying she should be brought up on charges, of course, but there needs to be a healthy dose of strong women (and men) out there calling bullshit and shaming the shit out of this behavior for lots of reasons.

        2. I feel the same way about this as I do most college rape cases I hear about.

          Is it possible this was consensual but wasn’t completely thought through? Next day she had some buyer’s remorse, he said he wasn’t looking for a relationship with her, and then she starts spreading it around to her girlfriends (but not cops) that this guy took advantage/sexually assaulted her?

          I don’t want much; just give me evidence that can be corroborated beyond the mere accusation.

        3. “Disabled” creates a moral quagmire. On the one hand, something illegal must have happened if as woman in a comma for years gives birth. On the other hand, what’s wrong with taking a 30 year old diagnosed with a mental illness to a strip club after he keeps asking you to introduce him to an attractive woman?

          1. Come to think of it, legal problems are considered a sign that someone has mental illness, and cocaine use is considered self-medication for an underlying mental illness, therefore, one could argue that anyone who tries cocaine must be celibate for the rest of his life.

      2. I mean, the Tweet is right there in Robby’s source and there’s certainly no reason not to name Adria Scharf.

        The whole “as yet unnamed mystery woman” bullshit is pretty disingenuous and, AFAICT, only facilitates the fully-grown-child gossip mill that is Twitter.

    2. Tell me more about this Vanessa Tyson.

      1. She has a face tattoo and a lithp.

  14. When did Virginia turn into New Jersey?

    1. is this chick 14 too? asking for Menendez

    2. I live in Virginia. I’m sad to say you’ve got a point.

    3. When did Virginia turn into New Jersey?

      After my cousin moved there. It’s a long term project she’s been working on.

  15. Democrats have to decide: rapism or racism – which is worse?

    1. Menendez and Clinton are still beloved. Being a rapist seems to be a feature to most Democrats.

      1. You know who wouldnt rape anybody? Booker’s buddy T-Bone.

        God I want to hear people rag him for that.

  16. This is a bit of a tangent, but I just returned from Paterson where a Muslim man in traditional garb tried to give me a Koran and teach me about Islam. I engage him in a fun theological debate about sex and politics for about half an hour before he insisted that he had to leave to pray.

    1. Huh sounds interesting.

    2. Did you learn and Fun Facts? about Islam?

      1. He read a passage in the Koran about Jews who got a king when they lived in the land of Israel in ancient times. He also said that he has no objection to the Book of Mormon, because Mormons are Christians, and that autonomous revelation is a legitimate source of new morality, and that there was no prophecy after Mohammed.

        When I shifted the conversation to common ground (mensuration and polygamy) I said that a man can only have multiple wives if he can provide each of them a house, but he said it’s OK to keep multiple wives in the same home as long as they each get the same stipend. Come to think of it, I learned that rule about having a different house for each wife from a peer at Hillel as an undergraduate. By today’s standards, Hillel is one step away from being the base camp for Jewish grooming gangs. It also explains why my Muslim friend didn’t expect this co-parent to freak out over him hitting on the babysitter when his family was living in a one-room motel unit on the local highway.

        The politics of Israel in Ancient Rome had him stumped. He refused to acknowledge the existence of the Sanhedrin or the Talmud, but ran away to pray when I asked him about the Sadducees and the Pharisees. That’s like saying you don’t believe in Congress or federal regulations and running away when your debating partner brings up the Democrat and Republican campaigns for the midterm elections.

        1. He refused to acknowledge the existence of the Sanhedrin or the Talmud, but ran away to pray when I asked him about the Sadducees and the Pharisees. That’s like saying you don’t believe in Congress or federal regulations and running away when your debating partner brings up the Democrat and Republican campaigns for the midterm elections.

          Or like Tony when you really push him for evidence to back up his total batshit nonsense gossip and talking points, right? Right?! Hahaaaa I’m just havin’ fun.

    3. Did he ask you to wear a vest or a belt?

      1. No, the last time I met a Muslim man face to face who wanted me to wear something special for him, it was the Jordanian religious police officer guarding the entrance to the Temple Mount. He wanted me to wear a dress for him, because that outfit would make him and his colleagues smile, but green is not my color, and I only cross-dress during my performances or if I’m doing it for a date I really like who’s into that sort of thing.

        It’s a long story. This month’s conflict with the fashion police at the Temple Mount involved a kippah. Those guys can be cattier than Joan Rivers.

    4. Did he ask if you had an impressionable younger sister to groom?

      1. I wouldn’t introduce anyone to a proselytizer. Even when my boyfriend started questioning his faith early in our relationship, I let him figure things out himself. Did you hear the rumor about gays recruiting people to their team because they can’t conceive and raise new gay people?

        The way I see it, 21 is the upper bound for protecting someone from dangerous ideas. Otherwise, some parents will try to use the psych system to prevent visits to gay bars and strip clubs, trips to planned parenthood, love marriages, interracial relationships, and interfaith dating that they have no right to prevent.

  17. Of course he’s guilty:
    1) Democrat
    2) Black guy

    Also, first.
    Ooh ooh, ALSO, you know who else attained higher office without being elected?

    1. Mark Zuckerberg?

    2. Jerry Ford?

  18. Someone just pointed out that if we get rid of Governor Northam for racism and Lt. Governor Fairfax for sexual assault, the 3rd person in line is also a Democrat.

    So: little boy or little girl?

    1. Does Hillary finally get to be President?

      1. She and Algore will always inhabit the highest levels of heaven, for those who are slain by the Electoral College shall sit at the right hand of God.

  19. Fairfax is saying that Northam leaked this allegation to make it harder to force him out of office. This is getting very entertaining. Northam meanwhile assures everyone he wants to kill babies of all races and will smear anyone regardless of race of a serious crime if that is what is necessary to keep himself in office.

  20. Anyone who supports Republicans at this point is not only pro-Putin, but also pro-ISIS.

    ISIS will claim victory over the US and is likely to regain territory as a result of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria, according to a new report released by the Pentagon’s Inspector General

    Of course President Hillary Clinton would never consider such cowardly and reckless betrayals of our global military commitment. Mueller needs to remove Putin’s Puppet ASAP.

    #StillWithHer
    #LibertariansForStayingInSyria

    1. I think Radley Balko is running the sock puppet. Or maybe it is a joint operation with Julian Sanchez.

      1. If it is Radley Balko then it’s never actually been a parody? *mind blown*

      2. Huh. I always thought that it was you John

        1. I got a hot tip that it’s Ken White.

          1. That’s the guy who is Pope Hat, right?

            1. Yeah, that’s him.

              Reason.com, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery.

              1. Holy shit, that was four years ago???

    2. OBL-I thought you would appreciate this: Putin developed a time machine and sent it back to 1984 to plant Northam’s year book photo. Someone actually saw it at the time and was inspired to make Back to the Future released in 1985. Oh, and the slut who is accusing Justin Fairfax works for the Russians too.

    1. #thatsNoLady

  21. That picture is clear evidence that Northam will never give up his blackface wearing ways.

    1. I will give him one thing: The man knows his make-up.

      1. Fairfax & Northam: Kiss & Make-Up

    2. If there’s two things a left-wing politician will never let go of, it’s power and his racist ways.

  22. I’m having a hard time believing that WaPo found no one who could corroborate the claim, especially since the guy admits that sexual encounter (consensual) did occur.

    This is why the left’s fetish with consent law is so dangerous. Can Fairfax prove that he obtained affirmative consent? Did she ever verbally say “yes” to having sex?

    She could choose to play semantic and insist that she never agreed to have sex, even though she did just that, for all intents and purposes. And we DARE not ask why she or her friend took this long to bring up this allegation again.

    I don’t know who to believe at this point, but if we play this by the other side’s rule, Fairfax is cooked.

    1. That is what is so galling. This *is* their rules. If the guy’s a Democrat, bury the story.

      This was contemporaneous with the Kavanaugh story. So while they were conspiring to leak the accusations about Cavanaugh and passionately covering the idea that a 30 year old allegation of a non criminal assault that not only could not be corroborated, but that any facts that were firmly alleged were refuted by others, they were deciding to bury a credible allegation with a willing Witness about a somewhat prominent Democrat.

      I thought the national conversation was important? I guess not. At least, not if it harms the Democrats.

    2. I would suggest that performing falicio is, ipso facto, giving oral consent.

      1. She contends he forced her head down and held it down until she complied.

  23. Andrew Cuomo dreads losing his milch cows.

    “God forbid if the rich leave.”

  24. The real fun part is where he insinuates that Northram is behind the accusation.

  25. Boy, term limits sure are doing wonders for the quality of the Virginia governorship.

    1. Lack of term limits has resulted in a similar quality in New York State.

    2. This has nothing to do with term limits and everything to do with tar and feathering people for past transgressions or mere accusations. It just happens that those who first started this, the Democrats, are now being castigated by their own rules. Additionally, Northam ran specifically on painting his opponent as a racist, with little evidence, so it is also poetic justice. I also believe this individual, Fairfax was quick to condemn Kavanaugh’s, and is now being held to the same standard.

      1. I think a unicorn just ejaculated because I can’t say I really disagree with this.

  26. We should accept that when trying to determine the truth of events that transpired years and years ago, we will often be frustrated by the sheer unknowability of it all.

    How utterly, heart-wrenchingly sexist of you, Robbie, to forget: there are other ways of knowing.

  27. So, is her story credible?

    If not, why not?

    1. Did she graduate from Stanford or an Ivy? Advanced degree? Faculty position? Does she speak in a faux-little girl voice? How does her class and intersectionality score stack up against Fairfax’s ?

  28. significant inconsistencies in his accuser’s story.

    Like, the accuser couldn’t say where it happened, and all the people she claimed were witnesses said it never happened? That kind of inconsistencies?

    -jcr

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  32. I’m curious how the party of “Affirmative Consent” squares their stance on that with this. I mean, this isn’t a case where the parties are disagreeing on basic events. They both admit to having sex. It is a disagreement about whether she consented to it whether at the time or later after processing her trauma. This is a perfect opportunity for progressives to have a serious discussions about consent, power, and privilege without the messiness of partistan politics corrupting the issue.

    Certainly the progressive media outlets are queueing up their think pieces on this.

  33. I anxiously await the articles by other contributors (cough, cough, Eugene, cough, cough) explaining away the parallels to Brett Kavanaugh

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