Former Gov. Wilder accused of sexual harassment


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder is accused of sexual harassment, according to The Washington Post. 

The Post reports the accuser is a student who worked as an office assistant at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. The woman, Sydney Black, told the Post Wilder took her to dinner on her 20th birthday in February 2017. She said he invited her back to his condo and kissed her without her consent. 8News is working to independently confirm these details. 

Black also said Wilder offered to let her live at his house and pay for her law school, according to the Post. 

The Post reports Black reported the incident to police and the university. According to the redacted police report from Richmond Police, Black filed a report for simple assault. 

In May 2018, Wilder sued VCU, claiming a dean at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs verbally harassed and abused an administrative assistant there. 

VCU issued the following statement in light of the allegations:

VCU seeks to protect the privacy of students and employees, in accordance with state and federal law.  Likewise, VCU does not disclose information about university investigations including whether or not an investigation is underway.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates. 

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