On October 19, a staff member for Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker reported that prominent conservative activist Matt Schlapp had inappropriately fondled him when Schlapp was being driven back to his Atlanta hotel.
According to Roger Sollenberger of The Daily Beast, Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union and chief organizer of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), was in Georgia for a Walker campaign event when the alleged sexual assault happened. Schapp had reportedly purchased drinks for the staffer at two different bars.
The employee told The Daily Beast, “I was thinking that he got the hint because it was a public area. “But it got worse.”
He claimed that Schlapp reached over and “fondled” his crotch for a considerable amount of time as he froze in disbelief, calling the incident “scarring” and “humiliating.” He claimed that he turned down Schlapp’s invitation to visit him in his room.
The staffer claimed Schlapp “put his hands on me in a sustained and unsolicited and unwanted manner” and “grabbed my junk and pummelling it at length” in videos he recorded immediately following the incident, which he shared with The Daily Beast as well as his wife and another close relative.
He also said the incident left him feeling “so f—king dirty.” He claimed to have notified the Walker campaign the following morning and received “nothing but support” from team members.
If Schlapp disputed the claims, the staff member, who was in his late 30s, promised to come out and give his name to The Daily Beast. Attorney Charlie Spies for Schlapp stated to The Daily Beast in a statement “The accusation is untrue, and Mr. Schlapp rejects any improper conduct.
We are considering our legal options for retaliation.” Since 2002, Schlapp has been wed to Mercedes Schlapp, a conservative commentator and former employee of the White House.
According to Sollenberger, the Walker campaign “confirmed the details of the campaign’s involvement as the staffer described it.”
The employee claimed that he chose not to file a lawsuit or report the incident earlier because he was worried it would have negative personal and professional effects and heighten scrutiny of Walker’s ultimately lost Senate campaign.
Matt Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union and lead organizer of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), has been accused of sexually fondling a staffer for Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker on October 19 while driving the staffer back to his hotel in Atlanta.
The staffer said that Schlapp reached over and “fondled” his crotch for an extended period after buying him drinks at two bars and that the incident left him feeling “so f–king dirty.”
Schlapp has denied the allegations through his attorney and is considering legal options in response. The Walker campaign has confirmed the details of the incident as described by the staffer.
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