The Commonwealth of Virginia is stained once again as Attorneys for Virginia’s disgraced Democratic lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, filed a $400 million defamation lawsuit against CBS on Thursday, accusing the network of amplifying sexual assault claims that Fairfax says are “false, defamatory and politically-motivated.”
The lawsuit centers on CBS This Morning‘s airing of two interviews with Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson, who in February accused Fairfax of separate incidents of sexual assault.
Fairfax’s attorneys allege the network didn’t fully vet the accusers’ claims and omitted information that would exonerate him. The suit repeats Fairfax’s claims that the women “unambiguously” expressed their consent. The suit also alleges that a CBS lawyer who knew Fairfax from college knew the encounter with Watson was consensual because he was told about it by an eyewitness.
In a statement, CBS News said: “We stand by our reporting and we will vigorously defend this lawsuit.”