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BY: Andrew Kugle
House Democrats were silent this week when confronted about an allegation Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D.) sexually assaulted a woman in 2004. American Rising, a conservative group, captured video of Democratic lawmakers while in the halls of Congress, responding to questions about the allegations against Fairfax.
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The video shows eight Democratic lawmakers — Reps. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ted Deutsch (Fla.), Jamie Raskin (Md.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), Lucy McBath (Ga.), Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) and Cedric Richmond (La.) — being asked if they believe the accuser, Vanessa Tyson.
Tyson, an associate professor of politics at Scripps College in Claremont, California, came forward publicly on Wednesday as the woman accusing Fairfax of sexually assaulting her while they were both in Boston for the the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax has denied the allegation since it was first reported Sunday evening, saying he and the woman were intimate in a consensual way during the convention. Fairfax released a second statement on Wednesday in which he continued to deny the allegation but also stated that women don't make such allegations "lightly." The statement came before NBC reported Fairfax said "**** that ****" when talking about Tyson in a private meeting. Fairfax's chief of staff has denied his boss used that language in reference to Tyson.
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