A man is suing Matt Schlapp and his wife, Mercedes Schlapp, for $9.4 million after alleging that Schlapp sexually assaulted him on a late-night drive in Georgia last year.
According to the lawsuit, the well-known Washington couple planned “a campaign to impugn” the accuser, according to a report by The Washington Examiner.
The individual has remained unidentified since coming forward with his allegation of Schlapp’s sexual misconduct earlier this month and did not provide his name in the case, which was filed on Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia’s Circuit Court.
The man filed four civil accusations, two of which deal with defamation and one of which is connected to the alleged groping incident. In a fourth accusation, the Schlapps are accused of collaborating with Republican fundraiser Caroline Wren to smear the complainant online.
Charlie Spies, the attorney for Mr. Schlapp, refuted both the initial allegations of groping and the civil defamation claims.
“This anonymous complaint demonstrates the accuser’s real agenda, working in concert with Daily Beast to attack and harm the Schlapp family,” Mr. Spies said.
“The complaint is false, and the Schlapp family is suffering unbearable pain and stress due to the false allegation from an anonymous individual. No family should ever go through this, and the Schlapps and their legal team are assessing counter-lawsuit options.”
The lawsuit’s unnamed accuser stated the claims, accusing Schlapp of unwanted advances on October 19 as he was being driven back to his hotel from a club in Macon, Georgia.
Schlapp was in town to support Herschel Walker, a Republican running for the Senate. According to the lawsuit, the unnamed man drove Schlapp while employed by the Walker campaign.
A request for a comment on the situation was not answered by a Walker campaign spokesman, but the denial is libelous, the unnamed accuser claimed in the lawsuit.
Response to the Publication
After the Daily Beast published the anonymous accusations earlier this month, Mr. Schlapp, through Mr. Spies, his attorney, denied the allegations and referred to them as a “attack” on his client.
He claimed Mrs. Schlapp described him, without using his name, “a troubled individual” who had been fired from several jobs and had falsified on his resume in a group email she sent to neighbors.
The man contends in the lawsuit that Ms. Wren collaborated with the Schlapp’s to smear him by posting on social media that he had been “fired from many campaigns for lying and unethical behavior.” The accuser, according to Ms. Wren, was 44 years old.
The guy disputed all of the allegations in the case, including his age, and referred to them as “false and defamatory.” The Schlapps have directed media inquiries to Mr. Spies, their attorney.
Since June 2014, Mr. Schlapp, 55, has served as the leader of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the yearly CPAC.