The college student who was originally believed to have accused Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg of sexual assault says known hoaxer Jacob Wohl attempted to trap him in a “Jussie Smollett-esque situation” after they flew him to Washington, D.C. under the guise of discussing the possibility of hiring him for opposition research against Buttigieg.
In a press release obtained by Big League Politics, Hunter Kelly explains how fraudsters Wohl and Jack Burkman used his likeness to write a fake Medium article and Twitter account accusing Buttigieg of sexually assaulting him.
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.”
“So this means, without my permission, a disgusting article pretending to be me was lambasted across the Internet,” wrote Kelly. “Not only that, but Wohl had created a fake Twitter (@realHunterKelly, since suspended) and a fake Gmail in my name and who knows what else.”
Kelly added that “reading the story made me sick to my stomach.”
He goes on to say that upon realizing he still was not on board, Burkman attempted to bribe Kelly for his silence and continued use of his name and likeness, promising him “as much as purchasing ‘any house I wanted,'” if he would agree to sign off on a script they maintained would be legally nonbinding.
Kelly says that in order to leave the house, which he says he was told “was not an option,” he reluctantly signed the document and left. He was in contact with his parents throughout this experience, and later left the residence where he was staying with Wohl.
According to Kelly, “Wohl and Burkman said that it would ‘be over once more people came forward after I spoke my truth,'” and added that “My truth is that I was never raped by Peter Buttigieg, nor was I in Washington D.C. in February 2019.”
He went on to apologize for his name being used to spread the hoax.
“Had I known I was getting roped up into a Jussie Smollett-esque situation, I would have rejected their offer and stayed in Michigan,” wrote Kelly. “I thought this was going to be a couple days of talking facts and seeing what LEGITIMATE (Kelly’s emphasis) dirt we could get on Peter Buttigieg.”
Kelly concluded, “I am, from the bottom of my heart, truly sorry for everyone involved in the very serious #MeToo movement. I will continue to use my voice and HONESTY to make a difference.” He added that the two most important parts of his character are his “honesty and integrity.”
“Had I gone forward with this despicable scheme they concocted, I would have lost both of those things and became another one of their useless pawns.”
Big League Politics previously contacted the Wohl family for comment on this news item, and has still received no response.
An earlier version of this article said Kelly’s first contact with Wohl was on April 25. Kelly later realized he first communicated with Wohl on April 24.
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