Mayor Stoney reacts to Fairfax allegations, Northam controversy


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Controversy is not just swirling around Virginia’s governor, but now its Lieutenant Governor as well. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax faces a sexual assault allegation from 2004 that he has denied and called a “smear.” 

8News spoke with Mayor Stoney on Tuesday a day after Fairfax hinted Stoney may have leaked information about the sexual assault allegation.

Stoney spoke about claims he possibly leaked information that led to the release of sexual assault allegations against Fairfax and about the controversy around Gov. Northam. 

“That’s absolutely 100 percent not true. And frankly, I’m kind of offended by such an insinuation,” Mayor Stoney told 8News on Tuesday. 

Accusations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have thrown Virginia government into a deeper state of chaos. 

“Obviously any allegation of sexual assault should be taken seriously and I think in due time, whether or not, will all the facts come out and I think they should also be taken seriously,” Stoney said. 

Fairfax would replace Gov. Ralph Northam if he were to resign because of the yearbook photo scandal. Mayor Stoney told 8News he believes Northam should still resign. 

“It’s my hope,” Stoney said, “that he comes to that decision in a timely matter.”

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