New York Republican Rep. George Santos claims to have lost nearly 100 pounds using Ozempic. He also claims that he’s prepared to physically brawl with a U.S. senator, according to Page Six.
Santos, who has lied about significant portions of his life and is currently under federal indictment for fraud, boasted about his weight loss using the diabetes medication Ozempic, according to the tabloid. It was also reported that he said he would defeat Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in a cage fight.
Page Sixreported that the comments were made during a birthday soirée at Manhattan Italian eatery Bice.
There was a joking suggestion at the party that Santos, 35, enter a cage match with Mitt Romney, 76, similar to the public spat between billionaires Elon Musk, 52, and Mark Zuckerberg, 39, which ultimately resulted in no fight at all.
According to Page Six, the Republican congressman from Long Island claimed he could beat the Utah senator with his jiu-jitsu skills.
“I’d do that, but it wouldn’t be fair as I’m Brazilian, and I’d beat his butt because I studied jiu-jitsu for five years,” a source quoted Santos as saying.
Business Insiderreports that this is the first time Santos has claimed martial arts training.
In response to the outlet’s inquiries, Santos’ spokesperson declined to comment further on his training.
As for Santos’s use of Ozempic, the spokesperson refused to comment on whether the congressman requires it for diabetes treatment or whether he uses it for weight loss.
Due to Ozempic’s popularity, diabetic patients who rely on it to control their glucose levels have encountered a nationwide shortage. The drug was initially used under the radar by celebrities, Ozempic’s popularity has skyrocketed due to the remarkable results of its active ingredient, semaglutide. Although the drug WeGovy, which has the same active ingredient, is approved for weight loss, insurance companies have been slow to cover the medication. As a result, patients seek off-label Ozempic prescriptions from doctors.
“I will not comment on sensitive matters such as the Congressman’s health to respect [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] law,” the spokesperson replied to the outlet’s inquiry.
Under HIPAA, health plans, health care providers, and data centers cannot disclose a patient’s private health care information. There is no restriction on people talking about their own health conditions in public.
Santos has been charged with 13 counts of financial crimes. Santos is charged with defrauding investors and laundering stolen money in his scheme, according to prosecutors. In January, Santos pleaded not guilty to the charges.