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Virginia Lt. Gov. Issues Statement Refuting Reported Sexual Assault Allegations

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Grace Carr Reporter

Democratic Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax vehemently denied a reported claim he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, calling the allegations false and part of “sad and dark politics,” Monday.

A woman reportedly levied allegations that Fairfax sexually assaulted her while at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) conference in 2004. The individual did not name Fairfax, but was referring to him, according to Big League Politics, a right-wing blog, which obtained the alleged claim.

The Daily Caller News Foundation was unable to corroborate the claim.

Fairfax maintains the claims are false.

“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” according to a Monday statement posted to Twitter. “He has never assaulted anyone — ever — in any way, shape, or form.”

“Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer. You spend the next 13 years trying to forget it ever happened. Until one day you find out he’s the Democratic candidate for statewide office in a state some 3000 miles away, and he wins that election in November 2017,” reads a message by Fairfax’s alleged accuser, according to Big League Politics. “Then, by strange, horrible luck, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll get a VERY BIG promotion.”

TheDCNF will not identify the alleged accuser until she makes a public statement regarding the reported claims.

Fairfax’s accuser reported her claims to The Washington Post prior to the lieutenant governor’s inauguration and the Post decided not to publish any allegations following inconsistent reports and a lack of evidence, according to Fairfax’s office’s statement.

The Post could not corroborate either the woman’s or Fairfax’s accounts. The media outlet “did not find ‘significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,’ as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said,” the Post clarified.

Fairfax will assume Gov. Ralph Northam’s position if Northam resigns. The governor has been the center of a media storm that erupted after he made comments appearing to condone late-term abortions. Northam said Thursday he doesn’t regret his statements, adding later that they were mischaracterized. (RELATED: Senator Sasse Tells Virginia Governor To ‘Get The Hell Out Of Public Office’ Over Abortion Remarks)

Northam also held a press conference Saturday to address a photo of two individuals — one in black face, the other in a KKK costume — on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. He says he is neither one of the two people in that photo. He admitted, however, to darkening his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume.

Northam is reportedly considering resigning from office, but has made no official statement indicating he will do so, according to the Post.

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin described Fairfax as a “dynamic, eloquent African American.” She received heavy criticism for the description.

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