Ex-classmates of Rep. Madison Cawthorn have claimed he sexually harassed women at a Christian college and that they were warned not to go on so-called ‘fun drives’ with him in his white Dodge Challenger ‘because bad things happened’.
Cawthorn, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, allegedly gained a reputation around the campus for making unwanted sexual advances toward women when he briefly attended Patrick Henry College in northern Virginia for a semester in 2016.
One woman described sensing a ‘danger warning’ when she went out for a drive with Cawthorn and he started ‘taking me out to the middle of nowhere’ while asking questions about her purity ring.
Two resident assistants at the conservative religious college said they would warn young women to stay away from him and female students said they told each other not to end up alone with him.
The allegations surfaced in a Buzzfeed investigation, with more than 30 people including 20 former students, their friends and relatives alleging they witnessed, experienced or knew of sexual harassment and misconduct by the congressman around the college campus, at his nearby house and in his car.
The bombshell claims come after more than 160 members of the Patrick Henry College community signed an open letter in October describing the former student’s ‘reputation of predatory behavior.’
Cawthorn, an avid Trump supporter, has denied ever acting in a sexually inappropriate way.
The North Carolina Republican came under fire last month over his part in the January 6 MAGA mob riot on the US Capitol that left five dead, after he spoke at the Trump rally moments before the violent insurrection.
He has also faced accusations of lying about his past, after claims he was training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games were disputed by athletes and claims his car crash ruined his chances of attending the Naval Academy were debunked after a watchdog reported he was rejected from the academy prior to the accident.
Ex-classmates of Rep. Madison Cawthorn (pictured at CPAC this week) have claimed he sexually harassed women at the Christian college and that they were warned not to go on so-called ‘fun drives’ with him in his white Dodge Challenger ‘because bad things happened’
More than two dozen students spoke out about Cawthorn’s alleged mistreatment of women on the campus including four women who said they experienced first hand his alleged aggressive, misogynistic, or predatory way toward women.
Cawthorn joined the school in fall 2016 at the age of 21 after his 2014 car accident and subsequent recovery delayed his college attendance, making him older than the strict Christian, conservative first-year women also attending.
Cawthorn soon became known for inviting women for a drive in his white Dodge Challenger and would brag about them as ‘conquests’ to his peers, according to the report.
Ex-classmates said he would boast about touching women, getting women to sit in his lap, and bragged about one incident at a party where he pulled a woman onto his lap and put his finger between her legs, reported Buzzfeed.
Caitlin Coulter, who was a senior at the time and had just split from her boyfriend, told Buzzfeed she agreed to go on a drive with him one evening. She said he started taking her along the back roads while asking her invasive questions.
‘I realized he was taking me out to the middle of nowhere, Virginia,’ she said.
Coulter said the energy changed and she became ‘uncomfortable and nervous’ and felt she was in ‘danger’.
‘We were on these small, like, one- [or] two-lane back roads, and I just felt so uncomfortable and nervous and not even something I think at the time I could put a finger on, but just, like, danger warning,’ she said.
Coulter told Buzzfeed he was making ‘insinuations’ and kept asking about her purity ring on her finger.
When she refused to answer his invasive questions for about 20 minutes, he allegedly snapped and turned the car around, driving them back to the campus dangerously.
‘It was really scary. And just I remember just being very happy to make it back home safely,’ she said.
Cawthorn, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2014 car crash, allegedly gained a reputation around the campus for making unwanted sexual advances toward women when he briefly attended Patrick Henry College in northern Virginia (above) for a semester in 2016
Giovanna Lastra, a former resident assistant at the campus, told Buzzfeed she remembered Coulter returning to the dorm that night ‘shaken up.’
‘She felt unsafe and nervous and said, “He didn’t do anything to me, but I was afraid he was going to”,’ she said.
Lastra said she warned the female students not to get in Cawthorn’s car with him saying it was ‘dangerous’.
Lastra was one of two resident advisors who told Buzzfeed they started warning women in their dorms to avoid Cawthorn and not to get in his cat with him.
‘I got info from other RAs to warn the female student body not to go on joy rides with him because bad things happened on those joy rides,’ said Lastra.
‘Our school was filled with girls from a Christian background, and there was a high level of naivety.’
Leah Petree, now a Republican intern on Capitol Hill and former student at the college, said Cawthorn would often ask to take her for a drive – a request she repeatedly denied saying she had a boyfriend.
But she said his persistence soon became uncomfortable as he allegedly started waiting outside her dorm building for her to leave.
Petree also recalled an occasion where he called her a ‘little blonde slutty American girl’ in the dining hall when he was asking people about how many people they had kissed or had physical relationships with, and the races of them.
The new claims come after one woman, Katrina Krulikas (above), told World Magazine in August Cawthorn had forcibly kissed her in 2014 when he was 19 and she was 17
‘And all of a sudden, he snaps at me in a tone and with a degree of anger that no man has ever spoken to me since or before then. He snaps at me that I was just a “little blonde slutty American girl” and yells this to me across the table, at a table of our peers – our Christian, conservative peers – all over a comment in response to an inappropriate, just astounding conversation that he’s initiated,’ she said.
Another former student Becca Webb said she remembers female students warning each other to stay away from Cawthorn and recalled one of many times he was misogynistic shouting ‘shut up woman’ at her.
Several former students told Buzzfeed Cawthorn had a bad temper and would often make rude, derogatory and misogynistic comments to and about women including one occasion where he allegedly asked other male students: ‘Which race of girls gives the best blowjobs?’
The new claims come after one woman, Katrina Krulikas, told World Magazine in August Cawthorn had forcibly kissed her in 2014 when he was 19 and she was 17.
Krulikas, who did not attend the Christian college, claimed they were on a drive together when Cawthorn started asking if she was a virgin.
She said he pressured her to sit on his lap, tried to kiss her and when she dismissed his advances tried again by holding her face.
Cawthorn denied the allegation in September but allegedly texted Krulikas last February apologizing that he was ‘over the line’.
Micah Bock, a spokesman for Cawthorn, referred DailyMail.com’s request for comment to previous denials made by the congressman.
Two resident assistants at the conservative religious college said they would warn young women to stay away from him
‘On September 4th, 2020 Rep. Cawthorn responded to the questions you are asking, saying: “”I have never done anything sexually inappropriate in my life,’ he said.
‘On September 4th, 2020 Rep. Cawthorn said: “If I have a daughter, I want her to grow up in a world where people know to explicitly ask before touching her. If I had a son, I want him to be able to grow up in a world where he would not be called a sexual predator for trying to kiss someone.”’
Bock added: ‘These questions were repeatedly asked and answered during the course of the campaign. The voters of Western North Carolina responded to these allegations by giving Madison Cawthorn a 12-point victory over his opponent.
‘Rep. Cawthorn is now busy doing the work he was elected to do including helping our economy recover from the pandemic, creating jobs and opportunity, making health care more affordable, protecting our natural environment and defending life and our Second Amendment rights.’
Bock, who also attended Patrick Henry College where he befriended Cawthorn going on to become his communications director, was also accused of inappropriately touching a woman in the Buzzfeed report.
Petree said Bock pressed his genitals against her when she was asleep at a house after a pool party in 2016.
She woke up and ‘could feel, like, hard genitalia,’ Petree told Buzzfeed.
‘It was that level of, like, I could feel him pressed into me and just being like, no.’
When she confronted him the next day she said Bock told her ‘you wanted it.’
‘He says to me, ‘You definitely weren’t really asleep. You wanted it,’ she recalled.
Petree’s boyfriend, friend and mother Rebecca Powell told Buzzfeed Petree had told them about the incident at the time, with Powell recalling confronting Bock about ‘sexually harass[ing] my daughter when she visited the school later.
Bock denies the incident telling DailyMail.com: ‘The allegation is completely untrue.’
In the open letter in October, more than 160 members of the Patrick Henry community accused Cawthorn of ‘gross misconduct towards our female peers, public misrepresentation of his past, disorderly conduct that was against the school’s student honor code, and self-admitted academic failings.’
The North Carolina lawmaker took to the stage of Trump’s rally on January 6 and pushed unfounded claims the election had been stolen from MAGA supporters (above)
The new allegations come after Cawthorn last month faced calls to resign and be investigated by the House Office of Congressional Ethics over his part in the Capitol riot.
The North Carolina lawmaker took to the stage of Trump’s rally on January 6 and pushed unfounded claims the election had been stolen from MAGA supporters.
‘My friends, the Democrats with all the fraud that they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice,’ he said.
‘Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard, but my friends when I look into this crowd I can confidently say this crowd has the voice of lions.’
This came one month after a speech in December where he encouraged Trump supporters to ‘lightly threaten’ members of Congress.
‘And feel free, you can lightly threaten them, and say, “You know what? If you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you. Everybody’s is coming after you,”‘ he said.
Cawthorn was a vocal supporter of Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread election fraud – claims that were debunked in the courts and by Trump’s own administration.
When lawmakers returned to the Capitol after the riot to certify the election, Cawthorn voted to uphold objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania’s votes.
Five people died in the storming of the Capitol including a Capitol cop.
Cawthorn said he doesn’t take back his comments but called the rioters ‘despicable.’
Cawthorn, 25, became the youngest member of Congress in November after he defeated Democratic rival Moe Davis for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District seat.
Source: Daily Mail |World News