By Tom Elliott
A MAN IS ACCUSING one of the Democrats’ leading contenders for the 2020 presidential election, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), of sexual assault.
The man, who describes himself as gay liberal — and, up until recently, a longtime Democrat — said the attack occurred in a bathroom in the summer of 2014. He described the incident in a lengthy open letter which is reprinted below. For the time being, he says, he wishes to remain anonymous.
Booker, he reports, forced himself upon him in a bathroom and attempted to direct the man to give him oral sex, which he refused to do.
The accuser says he contacted Ronan Farrow about his account, but gave up after feeling Farrow wasn’t interested. Grabien News contacted Farrow to ask why the accuser wasn’t taken more seriously. As of publication, we have not heard back.
Grabien News has reached out to the accuser’s attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, to verify he has consulted with her, as he described in the letter.
“All I can say at this time is that the man is considering his next steps and has no further comment at this time,” Dhillon told Grabien.
Booker’s accuser says the two met at an event four years ago, and the man told Booker he was a fan, especially of his work on behalf of LGBT rights.
“I had the chance to meet and speak with him at some length in an informal group setting,” he writes. “I made it quite clear that I was a great admirer of his, especially with regard to his record of being an advocate of the LGBT community. I left the meeting prior to the rest of the group, just as everyone was finishing up and went to use the restroom. It was there that Booker and I bumped into each other again for what would prove to be a much less pleasant interaction.”
He relays the incident as described to his lawyer:
I stopped to use one of the building’s single-occupancy restrooms. Upon washing my hands prior to leaving, I hear knocking on the door. When it comes to these restrooms, it is customary to knock first in case someone is using it, even though there is an inner lock. When I opened the door, Mr. Booker was there. He smiled and very gregariously said, “Hey!” We engaged in some brief idle chitchat in the entryway and then he asked me to speak in private. What happened next, happened so fast that it was hard for me to comprehend what was going on. It was one of those surreal moments where what was happening was such a deviation and such a perversion of one’s natural daily routine that I hardly knew how to react. He pulled me into the bathroom, albeit not too forcefully, and slowly pushed me against the restroom wall. He said that “Being a hero was a serious turn-on.” He continued, “The Senate appreciates fine citizens like you. Especially this senator.” He then put his left hand on my groin, over my jeans, and began to rub. I seem to remember saying something like “What is happening?” It was a bit like having vertigo. He then used his other hand to grab my left hand with his right and pulled it over to touch him. At the same time, he disengaged from rubbing me and used his left hand to push me to my knees from my shoulder for what was clearly a move to have me perform oral sex on him. At that point, I pulled away quite violently and told him I had to go. I did not see him again before he left.
You can read the rest of the man’s account in his letter pasted below.
Grabien has reached out to Booker’s office and will update this piece with any responses.