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High-Ranking Democrat Official Resigns Amid Controversy

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High-Ranking Democrat Official Resigns Amid Controversy

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D-VA) has resigned from his Richmond law firm Morrison & Foerster.

Fairfax remained on leave for the past five months amid allegations of sexual assault from two women. (


When allegations emerged, the firm hired outside counsel to investigate Fairfax's tenure uncovering no evidence of misconduct while he was an employee.

Two women publicly accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting them in 2000 and 2004. Fairfax says their sexual encounters were consensual.

Both women have urged the Virginia General Assembly to hold hearings on their allegations, but Democratic legislative leaders have resisted. Fairfax said he would welcome an investigation by authorities.

Republicans have called for hearings on the sexual allegations against Fairfax next week.