In early January, a staffer for Herschel Walker’s failed senate campaign alleged that Republican activist Matt Schlapp made “sustained and unwanted and unsolicited” sexual contact with him. The staffer said that Schlapp, who is the chair of the American Conservative Union and lead organizer for the Conservative Political Action Conference, “groped” and “fondled” his crotch against his will after buying him drinks back in October.
Now, the staffer is breaking his silence after filing a lawsuit in a Virginia circuit court under the name of “John Doe.”
On Thursday, GOP operative Carlton Huffman came forward as Schlapp’s accuser.
“I’m not backing away,” Huffman said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I’m not going to drop this. Matt Schlapp did what he did and he needs to be held accountable.”
In a video posted to Twitter by Ron Filipkowski, Huffman alleges that Schlapp began to drink Tito’s vodka heavily and did not seem “weird” or “menacing” at first. After leaving the Capital Grille in the city that night, they drove to Manuel’s Tavern, on Schlapp’s suggestion.
Herschel Walker staffer Carlton Huffman comes forward publicly and breaks his silence, detailing allegations that he was sexually assaulted by CPAC Chair Matt Schlapp. pic.twitter.com/2Vz10OU19D
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) March 9, 2023
“He wanted to go to a bar that was a bit more lively,” Huffman recalled. “While thinking that was a bit weird and definitely unusual in the context of my past interactions with VIPs, I ended up just getting him there…It definitely got very different and definitely not normal.”
Throughout the evening, Huffamn says that Schlapp intruded on his personal space and intentionally bumped into him. “Matt, for someone who claims to stand for the second amendment, I’m amazed at the fact that you didn’t know what a Sig Sauer [pistol] was whenever you bumped into it,” Huffman said.
“I did everything I could to indicate that I was not interested in anything with Matt,” Huffman continued. “I angeled myself away from him. I even was looking at the TV so intently that he made a point of asking me, ‘Do you have a problem looking at me?’ It was at that point that I knew that things were taking a turn.”
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.