Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax resigned from his position at the Morrison & Foerster law firm after being on leave for nearly five months because of two sexual assault allegations before he was an employee.
After initially putting him on leave, the law firm launched an investigation into whether Fairfax engaged in sexual misconduct as an employee, but found no evidence of wrongdoing.
The two women accusing Fairfax have made media appearances and have requested hearings to be conducted by the General Assembly, but have not pursued any criminal charges against the lieutenant governor.
Fairfax has requested that an independent organization, such as the FBI, launch an investigation into the assault claims, saying that such an investigation would vindicate him. He has consistently denied sexually assaulting the women and passed a polygraph test denying the allegations.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Fairfax to resign his position in government amid the allegations, which he has declined to do. Republican lawmakers have been pushing for a legislative hearing and suggested that they could conduct a hearing during the upcoming special session on gun control, a process that Fairfax and legislative Democrats both oppose.
Both women accusing Fairfax, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, made similar accusations against him, citing aggressive behavior. Watson alleged that he initiated a premeditated and aggressive sexual assault when they were undergraduate students at Duke University in 2000. Watson alleged that Fairfax assaulted her during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston by holding her down and forcing her to perform oral sex as she tried to escape.