Political sexual misconduct

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sues CBS for $400 million

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax
Justin Fairfax. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) filed a $400 million defamation suit against CBS News on Thursday, claiming on-air interviews with 2 women who accused him of sexual assault caused him "emotional distress," WTKR, a CBS affiliate, reports.

What he's saying: Fairfax asserts that CBS had details before the stories aired "indicating that both allegations had not been corroborated by any independent investigation." The lawsuit says, Fairfax's "once promising career and political prospects have been severely harmed by the reckless airing of these false allegations."

Global #MeToo movement has resulted in 6 convictions, 6 charges

This image a three-way split between Larry Nassar, Bill Cosby, and Allison Mack
Bill Cosby, Larry Nassar and Allison Mack have been convicted on charges related to sexual misconduct. Photos: Matt Rourke-Pool, Jeff Kowalsky/AFP and Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Hundreds of people — predominately men — have been accused of sexual offenses since the #MeToo movement went viral in 2017. After Jeffrey Epstein's death, only 6 men currently face charges, while 6 others have been convicted.

The big picture: The #MeToo movement, which was created by civil rights activist Tarana Burke and went viral after allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein came to light in 2017, focused global attention on previously unchecked sexual misconduct, causing at least 201 powerful men to lose jobs or major roles. But the movement dubbed a global reckoning has had few legal consequences for those accused. Here are some of the most notable cases.