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Richmond, Virginia - 4 February 2019
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Fairfax, Virginia Lt. Governor:
"The allegation is completely false as was indicated in our statement and if you read through the story you'll see it's completely uncorroborated and the fact that they would run a story on an uncorroborated allegation from now 15 years ago tells you exactly what the smear is all about. You know there's a possibility that I might be elevated to the governorship. It's at that point that they come out with the attacks and the smears. It is unfortunate it really is but it's sadly a part of our politics now. Sure, so I met her at the convention. We met and talked and I did not know her prior to, I was 25 years old, unmarried. A campaign staffer at the time and we hit it off. She was very interested in me and I and so eventually one point we ended up going to my hotel room. This is in 2004. She was, you know very much into a consensual encounter. But, but everything was a 100 percent consensual and not only that the same person called me sometime later and wanted to meet with me when to come visit me. I was still in law school at Columbia Law School wanted to come to New York City to meet with me, want me to meet her mother. And so that years later, I'm sorry months later in this case, and years later now, we have a totally fabricated story out of the blue that's meant to attack me because of where I am in politics."
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is denying an uncorroborated allegation of sexual misconduct first reported by a conservative website.
Fairfax told reporters Monday that the 2004 encounter with a woman was consensual and he called the accusation of misconduct "a smear."
"You know there's a possibility that I might be elevated to the governorship. It's at that point that they come out with the attacks and the smears. It is unfortunate it really is but it's sadly a part of our politics now," he said.
The Associated Press is not reporting the details of the accusation because AP has not been able to corroborate it.
The Washington Post said Monday that it was approached by the woman in 2017, carefully investigated, but never published the accusation.
The Post said the woman had not told anyone about it, the account could not be corroborated, Fairfax denied it and the Post was unable to find other allegations against him.
Fairfax would become Virginia governor if Ralph Northam were to resign or be ousted in the scandal over a racist photo on his page in his medical school yearbook.
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