Justin Fairfax’s Law Firm Places Him On Leave Pending Investigation

Two women have accused the Virginia lieutenant governor of sexual assault.

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The law firm that employs Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) has placed him on leave pending an external investigation into sexual assault allegations leveled against him.

The firm, Morrison & Foerster, announced the decision Friday in a statement first published by the National Law Journal.

“The firm has retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, Justin Fairfax has taken a leave of absence from Morrison & Foerster,” Larren Nashelsky, the firm’s chair, said in the statement. “Justin has agreed to cooperate with the firm’s investigation.”

“We take the allegations against Justin very seriously,” Nashelsky continued. “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.”

Virginia’s part-time legislature convenes from January through March. As a result, state lawmakers have full-time jobs outside the Capitol that provide the majority of their income. The same is true of the lieutenant governor, who presides over and breaks ties in the state Senate.

Fairfax, a 39-year-old former federal prosecutor, left his job as a white-collar defense attorney at Venable in northern Virginia in January, and joined Morrison & Foerster in September.

Two women have accused Fairfax of sexual assault. The more recent allegation emerged on Friday, when Meredith Watson accused Fairfax of raping her when the two were classmates at Duke University in 2000.

Days earlier, Vanessa Tyson, who met Fairfax at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, publicly accused Fairfax of physically coercing her into performing oral sex during an encounter that began as consensual. Tyson said she was moved to come forward when it appeared that Fairfax might replace embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D).

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Top Democrats Call On Virginia’s Justin Fairfax To Resign After 2nd Sexual Assault Allegation

Image result for lieutenant gov of virginiaThe lieutenant governor faced rebuke from Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, as well as all of Virginia’s House and Senate Democrats.

Top Democrats representing states across the country called on Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) to resign after a second woman accused the elected official of sexual assault.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who recently announced her presidential candidacy for the 2020 election, called the accusations made by California professor Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson of Maryland “corroborated, painful stories of sexual assault and rape.”

“Fairfax should resign his office,” Harris tweeted Friday night.

All of Virginia’s Democrats in the House and Senate also called on Fairfax to step down from his post in a joint statement released by the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

“He needs to address this as a private citizen,” the statement read.

Kamala Harris ✔@KamalaHarris

The allegations by Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson are corroborated, painful stories of sexual assault and rape. It’s clear Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax should resign his office.

  8:38 PM - Feb 8, 2019

In another statement from Virginia Democrats in the U.S. House, Reps. Don Beyer, Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria, Jennifer Wexton and Gerry Connolly criticized the way Fairfax has handled the accusations.

“Lt. Governor Fairfax has also shown exceptionally poor judgment in his handling of these allegations,” the congressional Democrats said. “He repeatedly attacked his accuser, he reportedly used vile and degrading language to describe her, he mischaracterized an investigation into the encounter, and he sought to blame others for events in his own past. These actions do not meet the standard to which w

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