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VCU Student Accuses Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder of Sexual Harassment


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Just when you thought bad political news in Virginia had died down for awhile: In breaking news from the Washington Post, a VCU student who worked with L. Douglas Wilder at the Virginia Commonwealth University school named for the former governor "reported to the university and police that Wilder sexually harassed her by kissing her without consent."

Here is more info from the Post story:

The woman, Sydney Black, 22, said Wilder, 88, also suggested she could live at his house and offered to take her on foreign trips and pay for her law school in 2017, while she still worked as an office assistant at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

VCU officials cited privacy concerns and declined to answer a series of detailed questions.

"VCU seeks to protect the privacy of students and employees, in accordance with state and federal law," university spokesman Mike Porter said in a statement. "Likewise, VCU does not disclose information about university investigations including whether or not an investigation is underway."

But VCU sent Black a letter formally notifying her that the school's Title IX office intended to investigate.

The Post story notes that Wilder did not respond to repeated requests for comment over several weeks. The Post has many other details of the complaint in its story here.