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Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) was placed on leave from his law firm Friday after retaining outside counsel to investigate sexual assault allegations leveled against him.
“We take the allegations against Justin very seriously,” Morrison & Foerster chairman Larren Nashelsky said in a statement to the The National Law Journal. “As a firm, we believe that it is important to seriously listen to any allegation of sexual assault or harassment, and to treat all persons making such allegations with respect and sensitivity.”
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Morrison & Foerster will not say who the outside counsel conducting the probe is.
Fairfax faces calls to resign from his post after two women issued statements last week detailing their allegations of sexual assault. On Wednesday, California professor Dr. Vanessa Tyson went public with her allegation against Fairfax, claiming he forced her to perform oral sex on him during the 2004 Democrat National Convention in Boston. Fairfax’s second accuser, Meredith Watson, alleged Friday that the embattled Virginia Democrat raped her at Duke University in 2000.
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Several high-profile Democrats, including presidential contenders Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have called on Fairfax to step aside. “The multiple detailed allegations against the Lt. Gov. of Virginia are deeply troubling,” Booker wrote...
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