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Prominent Republican Accused Of ‘Unsolicited Sexual Contact’ With Male Staffer



Matt Schlapp

Republican Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union is being accused of groping the crotch of a male staffer for Herschel Walker’s campaign in October.

A staffer for Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign revealed to The Daily Beast that Schlapp made “sustained and unwanted and unsolicited” sexual contact with him while the staffer was driving Schlapp back from an Atlanta bar this October.

“The staffer said the incident occurred the night of Oct. 19, when Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union and lead organizer for the influential Conservative Political Action Conference, ‘groped’ and ‘fondled’ his crotch in his car against his will after buying him drinks at two different bars,” The Beast reported.

The staffer told The Beast that Schlapp’s behavior was “inappropriately and repeatedly intruding into his personal space at the bars.”

He said he was also keenly aware of his “power dynamic” with Schlapp, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in national conservative politics.

Schlapp, the staffer recalled, said he had wanted to spend the evening discussing the staffer’s professional future.

“It was a public space, and I was thinking that he got the hint. I did not want to embarrass him,” he said. “But it escalated.”

“The staffer, in his late thirties, recalled that while he drove Schlapp back to the hotel, Schlapp put his hand on his leg, then reached over and ‘fondled’ his crotch at length while he was frozen in shock, calling it ‘scarring’ and ‘humiliating.’ When they arrived at the hotel, the staffer said Schlapp invited him to his room. The staffer said he declined and left “as quickly as I could.”

The Beast is “withholding the staffer’s name at his request, citing concerns of drawing attention to himself while embarking on his first weeks in a new job in Republican politics. He said he would come forward with his real name if Schlapp denied his claims.”

Schlapp attorney Charlie Spies called the allegations an “attack” and said Schlapp “denies any improper behavior,” according to the report.

Read more at The Daily Beast.


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