Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) on Thursday filed a $400 million defamation lawsuit in opposition to CBS Corp. and CBS Broadcasting in New York, accusing the group of publishing false statements from two ladies who accused him of sexual assault.
The lawsuit, filed within the U.S. District Court docket in Virginia’s Japanese District, got here in response to CBS interviews with the accusers the community performed in February.
“Fairfax brings this motion to revive his popularity and clear his identify, guarantee the reality prevails, cease the weaponization of false allegations of sexual assault in opposition to him, and vindicate his rights below civil regulation,” the lawsuit says.
Fairfax has denied the accusations made by Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson. Tyson says Fairfax compelled her to carry out oral intercourse on him on the 2004 Democratic Nationwide Conference.
Watson, who stated Fairfax raped her whereas they attended Duke College, got here ahead in an interview with CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingBilly Bush returns to ‘Additional,’ says ‘Entry Hollywood’ tape was ‘weaponized’ Michelle Obama to current Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Portrait of a Nation Prize Marianne Williamson: Oprah is ‘completely not’ advising me on presidential run MORE.
The ladies went public with their accusations after many referred to as on Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to resign after a photograph from his medical faculty yearbook web page resurfaced displaying individuals in blackface. If Northam had resigned, Fairfax would have turn out to be governor.
“We stand by our reporting and we’ll vigorously defend this lawsuit,” CBS Information stated in an announcement to The Hill.
— This report was up to date at 11:37 a.m.