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Far-Right Gay Blogger Peddles Alleged Salacious Photo of Andrew Gillum

Engels Gillum

A week after Florida politician Andrew Gillum was found at the site of a potential meth overdose, a website run by a gay right-wing blogger has published an alleged nude photo from the incident.

The image — the veracity of which has not been confirmed by The Advocate — shows a man purported to be Gillum, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Florida governor, lying naked on the floor with his head on a towel covered in vomit.

Blogger Jacob Engels, a gay right-wing activist who runs the website Central Florida Post, said he obtained the photograph with the help of Enrique Tarrio, a congressional candidate in South Florida and a member of the Proud Boys, designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The validity of the photograph has not been confirmed and has been digitally censored. Right-wing celebrity James Woods, known for homophobic and transphobic rhetoric, already shared the image to his 2.2 million followers.

It’s important to note Engels has been affiliated with the conspiracy site InfoWars and, like that site’s founder Alex Jones, has been banned from Twitter for hate speech.

The image was published the same day the Daily Mail published pictures allegedly taken in the same hotel room where Travis Dyson was found in potential cardiac arrest.

Those photos, which also have not been verified, show beer bottles, prescription pill bottles, and bags of what appear to be crystal meth scattered around the room.

The Daily Mail photos were allegedly obtained by police through the Freedom of Information Act, but the images would typically be exempt from public release because they're evidence in a criminal investigation. 

In both sets of photos, there are floorboards that appear consistent with those in the Mondrian Hotel, where the incident occurred.

After a police report detailing the potential drug overdose became public, Gillum released a statement denying any drug use and said that he had too much to drink that night.

“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” he said.

“While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement. I’m thankful to the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts. I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”

Multiple media sources have since reported Dyson maintained a profile on the website Rent Men and listed himself as a “pornstar performer.”

A few days after the incident, Gillum checked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse. He said then he fell into a depression shortly after losing the governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis.

“This has been a wake-up call for me,” Gillum said. “Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person.”

Gillum came up short in the election by less than 33,000 votes, about 0.41 percent of the vote. He campaigned regularly with wife R. Jai Gillum.

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