According to The Daily Beast, multiple women paid by Joel Greenberg, a close associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), say Greenberg pressured them to do drugs and have sex with him.
Twelve women agreed to talk with The Daily Beast about their experiences with Greenberg and his friends under the condition of anonymity. All of them said it was their understanding that Greenberg—who until his indictment last June served as the elected tax collector for Seminole County, Florida—was paying them at least in part for sex, going as far back as 2013. Ten women told The Daily Beast they felt pressure at one time or another to drink or take drugs as an entree to sex. And all 12 said Greenberg encouraged them to invite friends, either for himself or men he knew.
None of the women The Daily Beast talked to used the phrase “sexual assault” in their interviews, and the encounters seemed to cover a spectrum of experiences. Some women described platonic encounters where they still got paid. Others relayed that they had consensual sex for money. But some characterized their experiences as a trauma, and four women said Greenberg pressured them them to have sex—with one recounting that she had sex with Greenberg and another woman after being plied with “an endless supply of drugs.”
“I was under the influence of so many drugs,” this one woman said. “I would not have agreed to the other woman being there. I wasn’t really in a position to say I didn’t want to do this. I wasn’t in my right mind. I was in over my head and it was kind of scary.”
In addition to the four women who said they felt pressure to have sex with Greenberg, three other women said Greenberg refused to pay them after declining to do drugs and have sex with him and a group of his friends.
Last [month], The Daily Beast reported that Greenberg wrote a confession in which he admitted that both he and Gaetz paid to have sex with women—as well as at least one underage girl.
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