Student accuses former governor of sexual harassment

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia student who worked with the nation’s first elected black governor is accusing him of sexually harassing her by kissing her without consent.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that 22-year-old Sydney Black says 88-year-old L. Douglas Wilder offered to take her on trips and pay for law school and suggested she live at his house in 2017. Black reported the conduct to police and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was working as an office assistant at the school’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

VCU declined to answer questions, but the newspaper reports VCU notified Black in a letter that its Title IX office intended to investigate. Wilder didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment over several weeks.

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