As more sordid details emerge from the apparent crystal meth overdose incident that involved Andrew Gillum, it’s a little more understandable why the 2018 Democratic nominee for Florida governor said he “will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
The story broke Friday by Candace Owens, the founder of #Blexit, a campaign urging black voters to leave the Democratic Party, and she came back with a tweet on Saturday saying police were wearing body cams when called to a Miami Beach hotel room where a male escort appeared to be overdosing.
The police report said that “officers observed in plain sight three small clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor,” adding Gillum “was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”
The former Tallahassee, Fla., mayor released a statement saying he was in Miami to attend a wedding and had too much to drink.
In the initial bombshell Owens dropped Friday on Twitter, she said: “Orgy suspected, but unconfirmed.”
Owens went further in the tweet about police wearing body cams.
“My source says Andrew was NOT fully naked but his ‘friend’ (gay male escort from “Rent Men” website) was. Sex was suspected b/t the two bc there was blood & feces on the bed.” she tweeted.
“Yes — police were wearing body cams so this footage will come out,” she added.
UPDATE to @AndrewGillum story:
My source says Andrew was NOT fully naked but his “friend” (gay male escort from “Rent Men” website) was.
Sex was suspected b/t the two bc there was blood & feces on the bed.
Yes— police were wearing body cams so this footage will come out.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 14, 2020
Gillum wasn’t arrested and police were reportedly not pursuing criminal charges. It was also said that the Democrat returned home after being released by police.
But Owens offered clarity here, as well.
“Lastly — many reporters are inaccurately reporting that Andrew returned to his own home, down the road, by himself. This is wrong. Police officers escorted [him] home,” she said in a follow-up tweet while challenging the media to prove her wrong.
Lastly— many reporters are inaccurately reporting that Andrew returned to his own home, down the road, by himself.
This is wrong.
Police officers escorted his home.
Waiting for any journalist to call my bluff by requesting the body cam footage.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 14, 2020
Gillum married wife R. Jai Gillum in 2009, and they have three children together.
The gay escort in the room, Travis Dyson, who Gillum said was a friend, contradicted the statement made by the politician, saying he was not a friend and that Gillum said nothing about a wedding.
Dyson goes by the name Brodie Scott on the website RentMen.com.
Unfortunately for @AndrewGillum, his “friend” Travis Dyson, has come forth to reveal that he is no friend, but an open male escort. He also claims that he has never heard of the wedding of which Andrew Gillum speaks of.
Gillum needs a new alibi. https://t.co/Gck8nklI27
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 13, 2020
The media response to the story included this take from Politico’s Marc Caputo, who is from South Florida.
3: Report: “officers observed in plain sight three small clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room.”
The hotel room was rented by the other man, so if there were drugs, it’s legally hard to charge Gillum w/it
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 13, 2020
Another interesting aspect here is a wave of sympathy being expressed for Gillum.
“My initial reaction was disappointment in him, and then I thought about his family and how that would affect his wife and three little children,” said Curtis Richardson, a Tallahassee city commissioner, according to Microsoft News.
Barbara DeVane, an activist and lobbyist for the Florida National Organization for Women, went even further, saying that she loves Gillum “for what he stands for and what he’s done in his young life and what he will still do in the future.”
“There is such a thing as privacy with people, for people to have a private life,” she said. “He wasn’t putting anyone’s life in harm’s way. He was in a private hotel room.”
Noted Tallahassee attorney Chuck Hobbs was quoted as saying that Gillum didn’t do anything illegal and still has a “bright” future.
After all, he’s a Democrat.
“History has shown many politicians have bounced back from bad acts they actually did commit,” Hobbs said. “I would have a hard time believing that Gillum’s future isn’t still bright considering he has done nothing criminal.”
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