WASHINGTON – A Republican operative sued Matt Schlapp. The chairman of the American Conservative Union. And a top lawsuit ally of former President Donald Trump, on Tuesday. Alleging sexual misconduct.
The operative, who served as an aide to Georgia. Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker last year. Told todaystrend News that Schlap “reached between my legs. And fondled me” during a car ride that followed drinking at two Atlanta bars in October. 19. He is seeking $9.4 million in four civil counts. Related to allegations of “sexual battery” from Schlapp and his wife, Mercedes Schlapp. And claims that Schlapp and others tried to “defame” him, according to a copy of the lawsuit.
Both todaystrend News and The Daily Beast, which first reported the allegation. Granted anonymity to the operative, who was concerned. About the potential professional damage from accusing. A leader of the conservative movement of unwanted slurs. In the lawsuit, he is identified by the pseudonym “John Doe.”
“Mr. Doe did not consent to Mr. Schlapp fondling her genitalia,” the lawsuit states.
Schlapp has not spoken about the charges, and he did not respond to requests for comment. But he tweeted a response from his family’s attorney, Charlie Spies, on Tuesday.
“The anonymous complaint demonstrates the accused’s true agenda … to attack and harm the Schlapp family,” Space said. “The allegation is false, and the Schlapp family is suffering. Unbearable pain and stress due to the false allegations of an anonymous person.”
The spy added that “the Schlaps. And their legal team are evaluating countersuit options.”
The American Conservative Union is the organization behind the Conservative Political Action Conference. A sort of swap meet for right-wing political groups and operatives. That has become a must-attend event for Republican presidential candidates.
In an interview this month, the operative said Schlapp invited him to meet at an Atlanta bar. He hoped that a strong connection with Schlap could help him . The men had been drinking at two bars. And Schlap began to enter her physical space, shaking her legs, as the night wore on, the operative said. When the operative drove Schlapp to a hotel near the Atlanta airport at the end of the night. Schlapp put his hand on the operative’s leg, the operative said. , the operative said in a video recorded later that night, Schlap “grabbed my junk and threw it long.”
“To my shame, I didn’t say ‘no’ or ‘stop,'” the operative said in the video, a memory he repeated in interviews. “God knows it was not a desirable advance.”
When they arrived at the hotel, Schlapp invited.
The operative to his room — a request that was declined — the operative said.
Shortly after midnight on Oct. 20, within hours of the alleged incident. The operative recorded video of what he says Schlap did. A senior Walker campaign official confirmed the operative. Had shared the complaint with supervisors that morning. Campaign officials made a lawyer available to the operative. And told him he didn’t have to drive the slap again for a second day.
When Schlapp texted that he was ready to run into the lobby.
The operative responded in language suggested by campaign officials.
“wanted to say I’m uncomfortable with what happened last night.” He texted, according to a screen shot shared with todaystrend News. “The expedition has a driver available to take you to Macon and back to the airport.”
“Please give me a call,” came the reply from Slap, according to the screenshot.
Schlapp called the operative, who did not answer. According to screen shots from staff phone logs. Including twice at 7:53 a.m. and once at 8:09 a.m. The operative shared Schlapp’s phone number with todaystrend News. To verify the message and the call came from him.
Schlapp sent another text message to the operative later. That afternoon, the lawsuit states.
“If you can find it in your heart to call me at the end of the day. I would appreciate it,” Schlap texted, according to the suit. “If not I wish you luck in the campaign and hope you keep up the good work.”
The lawsuit alleges that Schlapps. In concert with allies, worked to discredit the operative after news. First broke about the fan claims. In one instance, Mercedes Schlapp. Sent a message to neighbors describing the complainant as a “troubled person.” And claiming she had been fired from many jobs for lying, according to the lawsuit. The operative was not fired from any job for lying, the lawsuit said.