Rep. Matt Gaetz and Ginger Luckey at a rally in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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In a follow-up video Monday night, Luckey apologized for using the term “pedophile” and switched to “ephébophile” – a person primarily drawn to middle to advanced teens – whom she felt was more appropriate for Gaetz.
While The Daily Beast was unable to reach Roxanne Luckey, the woman in the TikTok video appears to be the same person seen in a family photo on Ginger Luckey’s Facebook page, and the two women have multiple social media contacts. overlapping. Ginger Luckey’s mom also seems to like Roxanne’s Facebook posts. The TikTok account also shares two videos showing the person working at the White House as an intern. The Daily Beast was able to verify with a former Trump official that Roxanne Luckey worked as an intern during the summer of 2020, as the TikTok account claims.
Contacted for comment Monday evening, Ginger Luckey claimed that she and Roxanne had been separated. (A video posted by Roxanne Luckey suggests she was close to her sister and Gaetz as recently as November.)
“Matt and I are enjoying our engagement and are deeply in love. My estranged sister is mentally ill, “Ginger Luckey said in a text message.” She has been in therapy for years and our family is hopeful that after receiving inpatient mental health treatment they will overcome the trend that ‘she has repeatedly shown to engage in destructive behavior. “
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Roxanne Luckey did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. A Gaetz spokesperson said the congressman supported his fiancee and his statement.
Roxanne Luckey, who in a video was sexually assaulted by “people of power,” recounted an episode last summer when Gaetz, shortly after starting dating his sister, attempted to put Roxanne Luckey with a friend of his. She said she was a 19-year-old intern at Trump’s White House at the time, when Gaetz tried to put her in touch with one of her peers, who was divorced with a child.
According to Luckey’s account, the older man was “scary” and repeatedly made her uncomfortable, even after rejecting his advances and telling her she had a boyfriend. She noted that when the man later apologized, he blamed his aggressive overtures on Gaetz.
“Sorry for what I said, I just wanted to get rid of Matt,” Luckey said, the anonymous man said.
Luckey said when she confronted Gaetz about the incident at a family reunion that Thanksgiving, the 39-year-old lawyer and third-term congressman tried to shed light on.
“He immediately got so defensive and started yelling at my mom and me,” said Roxanne Luckey. “He called me a narcissist, he just cleared me up a thousand percent – became a full-fledged lawyer, ‘I don’t have to listen to you, I don’t have to answer your questions. ‘”
“It doesn’t matter,” Luckey added.
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She said Gaetz’s anger and quick-tempered character over it led her to believe he knew he was responsible for it. “Someone innocent shouldn’t be that defensive, and literally being a grown man and yelling at a 20-year-old girl is beyond me,” she said.
Luckey posted a TIkTok video at the time of the encounter, captioned: “This is the Sisters Congressman’s boyfriend calling me a narcissist for calling him for me 🤷🏼♀️🤪”
Luckey pointed out that the experiences that informed his opinion “were not just this meeting with Matt.” When she was a DC intern at the White House, she said she heard “through the vineyard” that Gaetz “had a reputation for prowling after college girls when he’s a grown man, and to me that’s just a little weird “.
She added the caveat to this claim that “It’s all hearsay. “
“There are two sides to every story and I recognize that,” she said. “But that’s what I went through.”
Luckey appears to have quickly sided with Gaetz. After the investigation was announced, she liked many tweets calling him a “pervert”, even as her older sister joined her for an event at the Trump National Doral where he called himself a “women’s champion. “. She also posted a video on TikTok in early April of young women, possibly friends, alleging the congressman was guilty and should be kicked out of Congress. She added the hashtags “#mattgaetzhumantrafficking” and “#mattgaetzisatool”.
Gaetz and Ginger Luckey got engaged on New Years Eve in Mar-a-Lago after less than a year of dating. Ginger and Roxanne are the sisters of tech entrepreneur Palmer Luckey, who in 2014 sold his virtual reality company Oculus Rift to Facebook for $ 2.3 billion. The couple attempted to buy a $ 155,000 yacht in Florida at the end of May, but the owner withdrew the sale, citing as a reason that they had painted the name of the boat before the deal was made, without its name. permission.
On Monday, Roxanne Luckey responded to a TikTok user who posted a comment on one of the videos imploring her to “get your sister out” of the relationship.
“He’s a narcissist and a master manipulator,” Luckey replied. “She believes everything he says to her.”
Meanwhile, prosecutors questioned a number of Gaetz associates following the guilty plea of his former “winger” Joel Greenberg on May 14. Last week, Politico reported that a defense attorney representing someone in the case saw evidence that Gaetz had sex with an underage girl.
—With additional reports from William Bredderman
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