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Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax files appeal in $400 million lawsuit against CBS

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Posted at 8:31 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 08:33:47-04

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax has filed an appeal to the Fourth Circuit in his $400 million lawsuit against CBS. Fairfax has accused the network of slanted reporting on sexual assault allegations levied against him.

Fairfax sued CBS seeking $400 million in September 2019, after the network aired exclusive interviews with two women who accused him of sexual assault more than 15 years ago.

Fairfax alleged the network reported the allegations in a way that insinuated his guilt.

"CBS and CBS This Morning Co-Host Gayle King have long had access to evidence and information indicating that the suspiciously-timed accusations against Fairfax are false. Yet, they chose to air—and still refuse to correct—the allegations made by Ms. Meredith Watson and Dr. Vanessa Tyson to millions without adequate investigation and with a reckless disregard for the truth," said a release by Fairfax's office

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria dismissed the case against CBS in February.

CBS lawyers have defended the network's journalism and accused Fairfax of using the lawsuit to attack his accusers.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.