Herschel Walker’s 2022 Senate campaign aide Tuesday filed a sexual assault allegation against a high-level conservative who advised former President Donald Trump.
A lawsuit filed against Matt Schlapp in Virginia Circuit Court in Alexandria accuses the leader of the American Conservative Party of sexually assaulting victim “John Doe,” who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal.
The complaint accuses Schrup, 55, of “violently caressing” the genitals of a male staff member who was alone in the car in October.
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The lawsuit also accuses Schlapp and his wife Mercedes of orchestrating discrediting the aide’s claims, the New York Times spoke with the aide, in his 30s.
An aide’s attorney, Timothy Hyland, provided a copy of the lawsuit, but only mentioned it when asked for comment.
In a statement to the New York Times, Hyland said his client is seeking at least $9.4 million in damages and that the lawsuit was filed because Schlapp never apologized for “his despicable behavior.” said.
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In a statement to the New York Times, Hyland said, “Because Mr. Schrup refused to admit to any wrongdoing, this lawsuit exposes Mr. Schrup and those who lied to him for their actions and statements. We aim to hold them accountable,” he said.
Schlapp’s attorney, Charles Spies, has denied the allegations.
“This anonymous complaint demonstrates the accuser’s true intent to work with the Daily Beast to attack and harm the Schrup family,” Spies said Tuesday. The Schrup family is suffering excruciating pain and stress due to false allegations made by anonymous individuals.The family should never go through this and Schrup and their legal team are considering counterclaim options.”
According to the complaint, Schrup invited the aide out for drinks after the October 19 Herschel Walker campaign event in Perry, Georgia.
The aide accepted the invitation because Schrup is “a very prominent and well-connected figure in conservative politics.”
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The lawsuit alleges that the two met at a restaurant bar and ended up at Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta.
While at the tavern, “Mr. Schrup sat unusually close to Mr. Doe so that his feet were in repeated and almost constant contact with Mr. Doe’s feet,” the complaint reads. “Mr Schrup also encouraged Mr Doe to have more drinks despite the fact that Mr Doe was driving. I tried to create distance between Mr. Schrup.”
He then turned to a television showing a baseball playoff game and was asked by Schrup why he didn’t see him, according to the lawsuit.
The two eventually left the hotel.
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The aide offered to drive Schrup to the hotel, but on the way, Schrup grabbed him by the leg and groin, according to the complaint.
The aide claimed he was “frozen in shock, humiliation and terror.”