Twitter video appears to show Madison Cawthorn being groped by Staffer

  • A viral video appears to show Representative Madison Cawthorn having his crotch groped by a male associate.
  • FireMadison.com also posted a screenshot of Venmo payments that it said were made by Cawthorn.
  • Payments made to the same male member include labels such as “the things we did in Amsterdam”.

A video widely seen on Twitter appears to show North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn being groped by a male associate.

The undated clip shows Cawthorn being filmed in a vehicle by another man.

“I feel the passion and the desire, and I would like to see a naked body under my hands,” says Cawthorn in the video.

The man filming then responds, saying, “Me too. I’d like to see that too”, while turning the camera on to himself. The comment causes Cawthorn to burst out laughing, and the other man then films himself placing his hand on the lawmaker’s crotch.

The video was shared Thursday night by the Twitter account of MeidasTouch.com, a super PAC dedicated to “protecting American democracy, defeating Trumpism and holding Republicans to account.”

Since its publication, the video has been viewed over 520,000 times and received over 10,000 likes. It was also retweeted over 6,000 times.

According to FireMadison.com, the other man in the video is Cawthorn’s scheduler Stephen Smith. The site is operated by the American Muckrakers PAC, whose sole purpose is to ensure that “Cawthorn’s first term is his last”.

David Wheeler, president of American Mucrakers, also sent a copy of an ethics complaint he filed against Cawthorn. The complaint alleges that Cawthorn “failed to adequately present the House’s financial disclosures regarding gifts and loans to Mr. Stephen L. Smith.”

Wheeler’s complaint also states that Cawthorn and Smith are living together, attaching multiple screenshots of Cawthorn’s registered address in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and cross-referencing Smith’s registered address in FEC records.

Wheeler also posted several screenshots of what he claimed were records of payments from Cawthorn and Smith’s Venmo to each other. Shared footage showed messages between the pair dated June 17, 2018 to January 9, 2019 — before Smith joined Cawthorn’s campaign for Congress as an aide in January 2020.

In the screenshots, some of the payments sent from Cawthorn to Smith included labels such as “Getting Naked for Me in Sweden”, “The Things We Did in Amsterdam” and “The Quickie at the Airport”.

Meanwhile, some of Smith’s payments to Cawthorn were labeled “For loving me daily and nightly” and “Nudes”.

“The committee is requested to investigate whether any House rules or statutes were violated by the relationship between Representative Cawthorn and his House staffer, Mr. Stephen L. Smith,” Wheeler wrote in his complaint.

Insider was unable to independently verify Venmo screenshots. Insider also did not immediately receive a response to requests for comment from representatives for Wheeler, Smith or Cawthorn.

Cawthorn has recently been embroiled in a number of controversies.

Watch groups say the congressman may have violated Congress’ STOCK Conflict of Interest Act by failing to declare his cryptocurrency purchases.

Cawthorn was also recently chastised by Republican leaders — including lawmakers from his home state of North Carolina and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — after he claimed to have witnessed “sexual perversion” and drug use among his congressional colleagues.

A recent Politico article also published photos showing the congressman dressed in lingerie, which Cawthorn dismissed as “goofy vacation photos”.

Cawthorn was also cited this week for bringing a loaded gun to Charlotte airport. The incident was the second time he was found with a gun in his hand luggage.

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