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Justin Fairfax Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax addresses the media during a news conference in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Fairfax addressed sexual misconduct allegations made by two women against him and presented the results of a polygraph test. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In his $400 million defamation lawsuit against CBS Corp., Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax not only accuses the television network of smearing his name and helping to cost him his partnership at Morrison & Foerster. He also asserts that a senior in-house CBS lawyer, whom he describes as a “friend,” knew the network was airing allegedly false sexual assault claims against him.

CBS has vowed to contest the suit, stating it stands by its coverage of allegations against Fairfax that were made last year by Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson.

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Ryan Lovelace

Ryan Lovelace is based in Washington, D.C., and covers the intersection of law firm business, lobbying and the federal government. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @lovelaceryand

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