An aide to Herschel Walker's Senate campaign filed a lawsuit over groping claims against Matt Schlapp, a conservative leader who previously advised former President Donald Trump.
The Virginia lawsuit alleges that Schlapp was involved in "aggressively fondling" the male staff member when the two men were in a vehicle together in October.
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"He is seeking $9.4 million from Schlapp and his wife, Mercedes Schlapp, on four civil counts related to allegations of 'sexual battery' and claims that the Schlapps and others dishonestly tried "to discredit" him, according to a copy of the lawsuit," NBC News reported.
"Both NBC News and The Daily Beast, which first reported the allegation, granted anonymity to the operative, who was concerned about potential professional harm from openly accusing a leader in the conservative movement of unwanted groping. In the lawsuit, he is identified by the pseudonym 'John Doe,'" it added.
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Schlapp’s attorney Charles Spies denied the allegations.
"This anonymous complaint demonstrates the accuser's real agenda, working in concert with Daily Beast to attack and harm the Schlapp family," Spies said on Tuesday.
"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; the Schlapps and their legal team are assessing counter-lawsuit options," he added.
The report also claims to share evidence of text messages and calls between Schlapp and the unnamed individual that mention the man was "uncomfortable with what happened last night."
Schlapp's reported response asked the man to call him rather than to text, though no conversation allegedly took place.
The concerning matter is now public discussion as news of the allegations has become known to the media. Schlapp continues to argue the report is false, hoping to clear his name in the controversial matter.
Source: Fox News