Two right wing activists are allegedly behind false sexual assault accusations levied at Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
The claims surfaced through a Medium post on Monday (29 April). Supposedly from a 21-year-old student from the University of Michigan, it claimed Buttigieg sexually assaulted him in February.
Both the article and a Twitter account sharing the article were under the name Hunter Kelly.
However, Kelly later denied Buttigieg sexually assaulted him. When approached by The Advocate, he claims far-right lobbyist and Trump supporters Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman used his identity to create a false story and social media accounts.
The pair flew Kelly to Washington DC in order to discuss working against Buttigieg.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Kelly reiterated he had nothing to do with the posts.
He said: ‘I was approached by a political figure to come to DC to discuss political situations from the standpoint of a gay Republican.
‘When I arrived they discussed Peter Buttigieg and started talking about how they would be working a campaign against him.
‘I went to bed and woke up to a fake Twitter @RealHunterKelly and an article that I in no way endorsed or wrote.’
Buttigieg also denied the reports on the campaign trail.
The post itself remained vague with the details. It spoke about the alleged subject contemplating suicide, that he hadn’t slept for the past three days, and vomited eight times.
It states coming forward with the allegations was the ‘toughest thing’ he had to do.
Wohl remained silent after Kelly denied the story. Jacob Wohl did not respond to Gay Star News’ request for comment.
Burkman defended the Medium post on Twitter. He shared photos of Kelly with his ID, alongside a supposedly signed statement ‘attesting to his accusation’.
1. Very first thing Hunter Kelly did is sign a statement attesting to his accusation
2. He was in full control of all public disclosures, even taking a selfie with his ID to confirm his identity to @MediumSupport MSM bullied him & his family into submission pic.twitter.com/myXPc1YegL
— Jack Burkman (@Jack_Burkman) April 30, 2019
However, Kelly told The Advocate: ‘They basically forced me to sign that and take that photo.
‘I had no say in either. In the photo you can clearly see I had been crying.’
Pete Buttigieg has made significant gains on his bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020. With his high numbers in the polls, he stands a chance of becoming the first openly gay, married president of the United States.
Last year, the pair were accused of being involved in a plot to label Robert Mueller as a sexual abuser.