About two weeks after being accused of sexual assault, chair of the American Conservative Union (ACU), as well as the lead organizer for the far-right Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Matt Schlapp has released a statement claiming it never happened.
“This anonymous complaint demonstrates the accuser’s real agenda, working in concert with Daily Beast to attack and harm the Schlapp family,” declares a statement from Schlapp’s lawyer, Charlie Spies, that was posted to Schlapp’s Twitter account.
“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.”
There have been recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Herschel Walker's former campaign staffer against Schlapp. The staffer alleged that on October 19 Schlapp groped him without his consent while he was driving Schlapp back to his hotel from a bar.
During the incident with Schlapp in the car, the staffer said he was in shock and frozen, but when Schlapp subsequently invited him up to his hotel room, he said no and fled. The same night the staffer said he “broke down” and proceeded to record videos explaining what happened.
“Matt Schlapp of the CPAC grabbed my junk and pummeled it at length, and I’m sitting there thinking what the hell is going on, that this person is literally doing this to me,” he said in one of the videos, according to The Daily Beast.
“From the bar to the Hilton Garden Inn, he has his hands on me. And I feel so f**king dirty. I feel so f**king dirty. I’m supposed to pick this motherf**ker up in the morning and just pretend like nothing happened.”
When Schlapp arrived for the ride the next day, the staffer said he couldn't do it. He called a senior official with the campaign, who he said was "horrified." The campaign official also told the staffer to tell Schlapp in writing that he made him uncomfortable.
An official from Walker’s campaign confirmed the staffer’s story and said the campaign had helped the staffer seek legal counsel after the incident.
The lawsuit filed by the anonymous staffer also accuses Schlapp and his wife Mercedes Schlapp of defamation and conspiracy to discredit the accuser and is seeking over nine million dollars in damages.