NBC News digital producer Jonathan Allen tweeted this morning that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said “f*ck that bitch” during a private meeting on Monday night when discussing the woman who has accused him of sexual assault.

The woman is Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College and a fellow at Stanford University. Kemberlee blogged yesterday that Tyson retained the same firm that represented Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

The Washington Examiner reported that Fairfax’s chief of staff Lawrence Roberts denied the report. Fairfax also released this statement, which included a plea to treat Tyson and Fairfax with respect:

He wrote:

I would like to encourage the media, my supporters, and others to treat both the woman who made this allegation and my family with respect for how painful this situation can be for everyone involved. I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice. But I cannot agree with a description of events that I know is not true.

If we learned anything from the past week, it’s that we have to listen to people’s experiences to learn from them so we can make progress. Like many of you, I’ve spent time over the last several days discussing difficult subjects with people very close to me. I believe that if we continue to listen, we will continue to make the progress that makes the Commonwealth of Virginia a unique place, not only in the South, but in the United States of America.

These are unprecedented and difficult times. We have the opportunity to prove ourselves worthy of the challenge and come together. I look forward to continuing my work to unify the Commonwealth.