VA Drama Embroils Fourth Democrat Amid Reports He Knew About Sexual Assault Allegations Against Lt Gov

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.”


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.”

It is uncertain whether any of the lawmakers involved will step down from their positions.


  1. The news media were reluctant to print this story but jumped all over the Ford-Kavanaugh story and this story has a lot more details. Ford didn’t remember squat but Tyson remembered in detail The Who, what, where, when and ever told people about the occurrence. Just goes to show how the media picks and chooses its stories.

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