The FBI has questioned a number of girls who declare they have been paid to sleep with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and his mates in drug-fueled trysts, in keeping with a report on Thursday.
The interviews have been carried out as a part of the federal probe into the Republican congressman, which focuses on his alleged ties to a number of girls who have been recruited on-line for sex and paid for their companies, the New York Occasions reported.
Receipts from CashApp and Apple Pay that the Occasions reviewed reportedly confirmed funds from Gaetz to one of many girls, who instructed friends the cash was in alternate for sex.
Joel Greenberg, a former Florida county tax collector, allegedly launched Gaetz to the ladies, whom he had met on web sites providing dates in alternate for presents, cash and journey, the report mentioned.
Sources instructed the Occasions that each Greenberg and Gaetz had sex with the ladies throughout encounters in 2019 and 2020.
Gaetz and Greenberg would allegedly inform the ladies when and the place to fulfill, usually at accommodations round Florida, and would additionally point out how a lot they have been prepared to pay, the newspaper reported.
In some situations, Gaetz allegedly requested the ladies to assist recruit others who could be desirous about sleeping with him and his buddies, the report mentioned.
Earlier than the trysts, a few of the ladies and men, together with Gaetz, would allegedly take the unlawful hallucinogenic drug ecstasy.
Greenberg, a political ally of Gaetz, was indicted final summer season on federal sex-trafficking fees and different offenses.
Gaetz, who denies ever paying for sex, reportedly got here underneath scrutiny by way of the bigger investigation into Greenberg.
The Occasions on Tuesday revealed that the Division of Justice is actively probing whether Gaetz, 38, had sex with a 17-year-old woman and paid her to journey with him throughout state traces. Gaetz has denied the allegations “within the strongest attainable phrases.”
The sex-trafficking cost in opposition to Greenberg allegedly concerned the identical teenager, two folks briefed on the investigation instructed the newspaper.
No fees have been introduced in opposition to Gaetz.
His workplace issued a press release to the Occasions saying that “Matt Gaetz has by no means paid for sex.”
“Matt Gaetz refutes all of the disgusting allegations utterly. Matt Gaetz has by no means ever been on any such web sites in any way. Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships in his previous and appears ahead to marrying the love of his life.”