Another Virginia Democratic lawmaker is coming under fire for allegations that he knew about Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax’s sexual assault scandal before reports were released.
According to a report by The Hill, Representative Bobby Scott allegedly knew about the accusations a year before they were released. The aide that is speaking out claimed that Fairfax’s accuser, Vanessa Tyson, reached out to speak about the assault in October 2017.
However, Fairfax was inaugurated in January 2018 and is now attempting to prove his innocence. Scott’s aides also admitted that he knew about the allegations but did not know the details until the reports were released.
Scott also released a statement, saying that Fairfax’s accuser should be believed.
“Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously,” Scott said to ABC. “I have known Professor Tyson for approximately a decade and she is a friend. She deserves the opportunity to have her story heard.”
VA Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denies sexual assault claim, telling reporters in Richmond that he had "consensual encounter" with woman in hotel room in 2004 https://t.co/pvo4q30cCe pic.twitter.com/uhVO1VkUpr
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 4, 2019
As IJR previously reported, Fairfax is adamant that the incident between him and Tyson was consensual. In his statement, he reminded people that The Washington Post had refused to run the story due to inconsistencies.
“Fairfax and the woman told different versions of what happened in the hotel room with no one else present. The Post could not find anyone who could corroborate either version. The Post did not find ‘significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,’ as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said.”
— Justin Fairfax (@LGJustinFairfax) February 4, 2019
It is uncertain whether any of the lawmakers involved will step down from their positions.