Accuser Carlton Huffman goes public

Matt Schlapp, chairman of CPAC, speaks at a press conference on the Protecting Children’s Innocence Act. (Sipa via AP Images)

The man who accused Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) chief Matt Schlapp of “aggressively fondling” his genitals has stepped forward in a remarkable Washington Post interview.

“I’m not backing away,” Carlton Huffman, a 39-year-old Republican operative from North Carolina, told The Post. “I’m not going to drop this. Matt Schlapp did what he did and he needs to be held accountable.”

The Post reported that Huffman “provided texts, phone logs and videos” in support of his account, allegedly corroborating that he quickly shared the allegations with others.

In one of those videos, dated the night of the alleged incident, Huffman holds his hand to his forehead, darting his eyes to and from the cameras — and seemingly pushing back emotion — as he records what he describes as one of his most “ashamed posts.”

“Matt Schlapp, of the CPAC, grabbed my junk and fondled it at length, and I’m sitting there and saying, ‘What the hell is going on?”” Huffman says in the video. “That this person with a wife and kids, literally doing this to me.”

Early in the video, Huffman can be heard saying that he was documenting his encounter so that he’d have proof.

“I feel so f—ing dirty,” Huffman says twice, with the profanity bleeped both times in the footage.

Huffman’s press interview came weeks before a judge’s order forcing him to add his name to the public docket, the Post said.

Now that his identity has been ordered into the sunlight, Huffman reportedly has been forced to grapple with the racist writings of his past.

In what The Post described as a major blow to his reputation, an anonymous email account exposed Huffman glorifying the Confederate flag, blaming Black people and undocumented immigrants for crime and calling for “preserving European American culture in the United States.”

“That was an ugly chapter of my life that I am personally ashamed of,” Huffman told the outlet. “That is not who I am anymore.”

Shortly after the publication of The Post’s interview, Huffman experienced another blow to his credibility. North Carolina outlet WRAL News reported that two women accused him of sexual battery. A judge issued a stay-away order keeping Huffman away for one year from one of them, a housemate who claims Huffman performed unwanted sex acts on her and another woman. Raleigh police say the case was investigated and closed without charges, according to The Post.

Huffman told WRAL News that he was “innocent of improper conduct.”

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