DesJarlais’ Girlfriend: No Inaccuracies in Report on Relatonship

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press says the woman who acknowledged having a sexual relationship with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais while he was her doctor in 2000 has declared the newspaper’s report on the relationship was accurate. The DesJarlais campaign had said earlier that the woman had reported inaccuracies in the original story, which ran Sunday.
“There’s no inaccuracies with the story,” she said Tuesday, adding that she stands by everything she said in a recorded, face-to-face interview.
DesJarlais, a Republican, is running for re-election against Democrat Eric Stewart in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District race. Neither he nor his staff has addressed the woman’s specific assertions about marijuana use and having sexual contact with a patient.
“The Chattanooga Times Free Press is reporting a factually inaccurate story from a non-credible anonymous source who is lying,” the congressman said Tuesday in a written statement. The
The woman spoke on condition of anonymity. Her statement came two days after she contacted the newspaper with concerns about the story’s accuracy; until Tuesday, she declined to respond to a Times Free Press reporter’s follow-up inquiries about what portions of the interview were being challenged.
On Tuesday, the woman said she initially reached out because she “got scared” and didn’t realize the interview’s potential impact, fearing she may have wrongly remembered details from 12 years ago. But upon further reflection, she said, she stood by her story and the newspaper’s account of it.

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