4 staffers for Justin Fairfax quit amid sexual assault controversy

www.cbsnews.com | 2/11/2019 | Staff
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CBSN will air a live special, "State of Crisis: Scandal in Virginia," anchored by Ed O'Keefe from Richmond at 8 p.m. ET, and re-airing at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET.

Four staffers to Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have quit in the wake of allegations of sexual assault and rape made against him days ago. Two of the three employees on Fairfax's state payroll and two employees working for his political action committee (PAC) have departed. As a part-time lieutenant governor, Fairfax keeps a small team of aides working on his behalf in Richmond.

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"The Lt. Governor appreciates the amazing service of his former staff members. Their work and dedication was incredible. He certainly wishes them well and appreciates their service to the Commonwealth of Virginia," said his political spokeswoman, Lauren Burke, who is staying on.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch first reported details of the departures, noting that one of the employees who left was Dave Mills, the executive director of Fairfax's PAC We Rise Together. Mills is married to Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, whose name has been mentioned as a candidate to replace Fairfax should he be forced to step down.

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Last week, Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of political science at Scripps College in Claremont, California, alleged Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004. In a detailed public statement, Tyson described the alleged assault, claiming Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him. Fairfax said their interaction was consensual.

On Friday, a second woman, Meredith Watson, came forward to accuse Fairfax of raping her in North Carolina, while both were students at Duke University in 2000.

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