New messages exclusively sent to Big League Politics by Hunter Kelly, who says he was “set up” by fraudster Jacob Wohl in a smear campaign against Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, show Wohl offering to include Kelly in an ambiguous “political operation” and seem to vindicate his earlier press release and statements to the media.
In a statement provided to Big League Politics, Kelly explained that he was “set up” by Wohl, who he says used his name and likeness to falsely claim Buttigieg sexually assaulted him in February of this year. Kelly told Big League Politics he was approached by Wohl on Instagram, and eventually used the Signal app to communicate with him. This led to Kelly traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with Wohl, where he says he was coerced into signing off on a false statement about the fictional sexual assault and offered tremendous bribes to do so.
According to Kelly, his first contact with Wohl occurred on April 24, when they spoke via the messaging and voice communication app Signal. Kelly states that Wohl invited him to D.C. with the intent of discussing how Kelly could be hired by Wohl, who claimed his “task force” was sponsored by President Donald J. Trump’s reelection campaign, to conduct opposition research against Buttigieg.
Instead, Kelly says when he arrived in D.C. on April 29, Wohl showed him the draft version of the now-deleted Medium article, in which Kelly’s name and likeness were used to accuse Buttigieg of sexual assault. Kelly repeatedly said he was “uncomfortable” with the article from 2 a.m. until he went to bed at 4:30 a.m., when he then repeated to Wohl that he was not comfortable with the publication of the article. Kelly says Wohl told him they would discuss whether to publish the article after Kelly slept.
By time Kelly woke up on April 29, at around 11 a.m., Wohl told him the article had been published and that he was a “‘star’ and that people were eating it up.”
The new screenshot, sent exclusively to Big League Politics by Kelly on late Tuesday night, shows Wohl asking if Kelly wanted “to be part of a political operation,” then asking Kelly to download the Signal app to communicate with him further.
According to Kelly, their further communications led to Kelly traveling to D.C. under false pretenses. He believed he would be doing opposition research against Buttigieg, and expected to discuss how he could be of use to Wohl’s “political operation.”
After he reached D.C., he says he was shown the now-deleted Medium article, and coerced into signing a statement reflecting the debunked article. At one point, when Kelly refused to go along with Wohl’s scheme, he says Wohl and his associate attempted to bribe him with a new house.
Kelly’s name and likeness were used to create a fake accusation against Buttigieg using Medium, Twitter, Gmail, and other platforms. Big League Politics was the first outlet to expose Wohl as the individual behind the hoax, and the first outlet to contact Kelly and hear his side of the story.
We will continue to inform Big League Politics readers as more details surrounding this hoax become known.
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