According to two women who spoke with CNN, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was a familiar face at drug- and alcohol-fueled sex parties, along with other Republican officials, that sometimes ended with digital payments to the women the morning after.
The Daily Beast reports:
If a party host requires you to hand over your cellphone before entering in order to stop anyone from documenting what’s about to take place, it’s not usually a sign of an imminent wholesome evening. But, according to women who say they frequently partied with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) over the past two years, that was just part of the normal routine.
Two women have spoken out about their experiences of the parties, which they say were typically packed with Republican officials. Speaking to CNN, they described evenings fueled by Champagne, drugs, and sex—sometimes followed by digital payments being wired to them the morning after.
CNN reports the anonymous women said Gaetz was a familiar face at the parties. One of them described him as behaving like a “frat type of party boy” at the soirees—and claimed to have seen him popping mystery pills more than once. The women said some of the events were raging house parties inside gated communities, while others took place in quieter settings, such as private hotel suites at the end of boozy political conferences.
“No one ever wants to stop partying, stop drinking, once you’ve had a few glasses of Champagne in you,” said one of the women. They also claim that cocaine and ecstasy were routinely on offer at the events.
One of the women told CNN that although she never received money from Gaetz directly, she had received money from his friend and accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, sometimes in return for sex.
Both of the women partially defended Gaetz, telling CNN that they never saw anyone at the parties who appeared to be underage, and both also said they haven’t spoken to federal investigators. However, The New York Times reported Tuesday that Greenberg has been cooperating with the feds to discuss the congressman’s conduct.
The Daily Beast noted that the women’s disclosures “will heighten scrutiny on Gaetz, who is facing a Justice Department probe into allegations of sex-trafficking and prostitution—including a claim that Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a woman that began when she was 17 years old.”
Gaetz has denied ever paying for sex.