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Richmond police file alleges Fairfax may have tried to attack his accuser

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The Washington Post

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who is accused of appearing in an old racist photograph from his medical school yearbook, also faced an attempt this summer to kidnap the Democratic lieutenant governor of the state, Justin Fairfax, according to police files released Thursday.

Fairfax’s arrest warrant shows that he was sought for assault and battery on July 18 at around 10:15 p.m. He is accused of spitting in another man’s face and trying to pull him by the shirt, trying to squeeze in between him and the man, whose head Fairfax touched. Fairfax told police that his head accidentally touched the man’s shoulder, according to the records.

Fairfax has maintained that the incident was a “very minor, tiff” that he later reconciled with the other man, and that he is a victim of false allegations that he took any other action. The Associated Press has not confirmed the identity of the other man involved. Fairfax has referred questions about the case to his attorney, Mark Herring, who has not responded to requests for comment.

Fairfax’s lawyer, Seth Diamond, said that Fairfax “looks forward to a day when all the lies told about him are exposed and he can finally focus on his career and family.” He said Fairfax “categorically denies this disturbing allegation.”

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