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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax files $400 million defamation suit against CBS

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax files $400 million defamation suit against CBS

Justin Fairfax (D) is suing CBS Corp. and CBS Broadcasting for $400 million after the outlet interviewed his sexual assault accusers over their allegations.

Talking to CBS' Gayle King in February, one woman accused Fairfax of rape and the other accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

"Fairfax brings this action to restore his reputation and clear his name, ensure the truth prevails, stop the weaponization of false allegations of sexual assault against him, and vindicate his rights under civil law," the lawsuit adds.

In February, Fairfax compared the allegations to "terror lynchings" during an impassioned speech before the state's Senate.

He continued, "If we go backward and we rush to judgment and we allow for political lynchings without any due process, any facts, any evidence being heard, then I think we do a disservice to this very body in which we all serve."

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