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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
Rep. Bobby Scott (D., Va.) was made aware of the sexual assault allegation against now-Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D., Va.) in 2017, more than a year before the accuser went public.
Dr - Vanessa - Tyson - Statement - Assault
Dr. Vanessa Tyson, who released her official statement detailing the alleged 2004 sexual assault on Wednesday, told Scott in October 2017 she was "not a fan" of then-candidate Fairfax. She would later contact Scott in late-November through email, where she expressed her dislike for Fairfax and told Scott she wanted to talk about it, according to ABC News.
Aides to Scott maintain that he was not made aware at that point about an alleged sexual assault in 2004 involving Fairfax.
Message - Exchange - Scott - Tyson - December
In a text message exchange between Scott and Tyson in December 2017, she informed him that the now-Lieutenant Governor-Elect had a "MeToo allegation," but at the time the congressman did not know that she was the accuser, according to aides.
In late December 2017 and early January 2018, aides to Scott said he learned that it was Tyson herself who was involved in a "MeToo allegation," concerning Fairfax. She also informed him that she had already told the Washington Post about an alleged incident involving Fairfax and that she had given the Post Congressman Scott's name as a character witness.
ABC - News - Aides - Congressman - Information
When pressed by ABC News, aides said they did not know what the congressman did with that information, but that he told Tyson that he agreed to speak with the Washington Post.
Scott told ABC that the allegation must be properly investigated.
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