Justin Fairfax to take legal action against accusers, as statute of limitations apparently expires

Fox News | 7/28/2004 | Garrett Tenney
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After two women accused Fairfax of sexual assault, the firm hired outside counsel to investigate his tenure, uncovering no evidence of misconduct while he was an employee.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is planning to take legal action against the women accusing him of sexual assault and is arguing that the allegations were made to do “nothing more” than smear his reputation and political career, Fox News has learned.

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It is not clear what type of legal action Fairfax plans to take or when details of those plans will emerge. His spokeswoman suggested it could be anywhere from the next few weeks to the next few months.

The move comes just days after the statute of limitations for his first accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, apparently expired. Tyson had accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on July 28, 2004, during the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The statute of limitations for an alleged rape is 15 years in Massachusetts. It expired on Sunday.

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Tyson did not file a criminal complaint against Fairfax, a Democrat. His team alleges “her allegations have all been about nothing more than smearing Lt. Governor Fairfax’s reputation and attempting to harm his family and his political and professional career.”

But Tyson has maintained in graphic detail that she was assaulted. Earlier this year, she said in a statement: “To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave him any form of consent. Quite the opposite.”

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And a statement from her attorneys argued Tuesday that the statute of limitations has not actually expired, claiming it "does not run while the defendant resides outside of Massachusetts."

"Lt. Governor Fairfax’s statement is both incorrect and offensive," her attorneys said. "As we stated in our June 13 statement, a survivor of sexual violence should...
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