New accuser comes forward to claim she was paid to have sex with GOP Rep. Gaetz and friends at 'drug-fueled' parties

 February 17, 2024

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is arguably the most hated man in Congress, as he faces a legion of enemies among his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to say nothing of the palpable enmity much of the Washington D.C. media holds for the Florida congressman and outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump.

Gaetz now faces shocking new accusations from an unnamed woman who claims to have been paid to have sex with the congressman and other associates at "drug-fueled parties," according to the Daily Mail.

The allegations put forward by the accuser through her lawyer coincide with recent reports that the same woman provided purportedly incriminating text messages to the House Ethics Committee as part of its ongoing investigation of Gaetz over a variety of alleged misconduct and improprieties.

Accuser turns over alleged evidence against Gaetz to investigators

On Wednesday, ABC News reported that House Ethics Committee investigators were provided with text messages by an unnamed woman who claimed that she had been paid to have sex with Rep. Gaetz and others by an associate of the congressman shortly after he first took office in 2017.

Those texts ostensibly detail an invitation from Gaetz for the woman to join him, another man, and three other women for a multi-day trip to the Florida Keys, an invitation she initially accepted but reportedly later declined.

The text messages appear to show a direct connection between Gaetz and the woman who claimed that she had received a total of $2,500 in separate payments from Gaetz's former close associate Joel Greenberg, a former local tax collector in Florida's Seminole County who is currently serving time in federal prison on charges of sex trafficking a minor and other crimes.

The Ethics Committee first began investigating a variety of allegations against Gaetz in 2021 but subsequently paused it while a criminal investigation by the Justice Department took place. However, after the DOJ scrutiny ended with no charges against the congressman, the committee reopened its earlier probe.

Woman claims she was paid for sex with Gaetz at "drug-fueled" parties

On Friday, the Daily Beast reported that the same unnamed accuser spoke out through her attorney and revealed that she had informed federal prosecutors in 2021 that she had previously been paid to have sex with Rep. Gaetz and his friends at "drug-fueled" parties.

"She told them that she and lots of girls were provided all kinds of controlled substances at these parties," the lawyer told the outlet. "The availability of vast amounts of alcohol and controlled substances gave rise to the lack of control of the hormonal imperative, which inspired people to engage in intimate behavior that may or may not have been because they were financially remunerated."

The attorney further asserted that around the same time that the woman reportedly began speaking with investigators, she was paid a visit by a Gaetz associate who allegedly grilled her about what she knew and might say and attempted, apparently unsuccessfully, to intimidate her into remaining silent.

As for the fact that the DOJ investigation was closed with no charges against Gaetz, despite the allegations from this accuser and other women, the lawyer said, "The fact that nothing has come of it has kind of astonished her, who along with all the others had been the focal point of such an intense investigation," and added, "For them to go through all that and then for the target of the investigation to just get a wink and a nod has created for some of them a loss of faith in the system."

Gaetz denies allegations, claims they are retaliation for his ousting of ex-Speaker McCarthy

Both ABC News and the Daily Beast reported that Rep. Gaetz's accuser, in addition to the text messages about the Florida Keys trip invitation, also turned over to the Ethics Committee records of the payments she had received from former Gaetz associate Greenberg as well as a selfie photo she had taken alongside the congressman she has now accused of wrongdoing.

Gaetz has denied the allegations and told ABC News through a spokesperson, "Rep. Gaetz has no knowledge of these activities by Mr. Greenberg and was not involved in them. Rep. Gaetz has never paid for sex. Rep. Gaetz does not know anything about the woman you're referencing, though he takes thousands of selfies each year."

The Daily Beast noted that Gaetz has also separately asserted to others that the false allegations against him are a politically motivated act of revenge pushed by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in response to Gaetz leading the effort to oust the ex-speaker from that powerful position last year.

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