Former Gov. Doug Wilder says he is contesting an investigator’s finding that he kissed a Virginia Commonwealth University student six decades his junior without her consent.
Wilder, who teaches at VCU, posted on his website Monday that he had filed a statement with the university that rejects an investigator’s findings.
The student, Sydney Black, has previously filed a complaint to police and school officials, saying Wilder took her to dinner on her 20th birthday, gave her alcohol and kissed her.
An independent investigator recently found that Wilder, 88, had kissed Black without consent but cleared him of three other allegations she made: sexual exploitation, sex-based discrimination and retaliation. The investigation was conducted by an attorney at VCU’s request.
Wilder denies “any non-consensual sexual contact.”
“I have stated that the allegations were proven to be untrue and that the ‘truth will out,’” he wrote on his website. “I do not accept responsibility for any non-consensual sexual contact and have filed a ‘contesting statement’ outlining the violations, bias and inherent flaws in the investigation.”
VCU will review Wilder’s statement before making a final determination.