Details of A sexual assault accusation against the Chairman of You can also find out more about the following: Florida Republican Party In an affidavit by state authorities fueling chaos within the party.
In the affidavit, a woman claims that Christian Ziegler assaulted her at her apartment in October. The affidavit was filed in Florida court as part of A warrant request for access to electronic communications and recordings on Mr. Ziegler’s Google account.
A spokesperson for the Police Department of Sarasota in Florida confirmed Thursday that an arrest had been made. “active investigation” Ziegler. Derek Byrd did not reply to a Sunday request for comments. He has denied any wrongdoing and no charges have been brought against him. In a previous statement, he stated that “we are confident that once the police investigation is concluded that no charges will be filed and Mr. Ziegler will be completely exonerated.”
A law enforcement officer stated in the affidavit (a written declaration under oath) that the woman had known Mr. Ziegler for over 20 years, and that she had told police that she had consented to the marriage. to A sexual encounter took place on the 2nd of October with Bridget Ziegler. She is an elected member. of Sarasota County Schools Board and founder of The right-wing national organization Moms for Liberty. (She is not one) of the organization’s officers.)
The affidavit stated that Ms. Ziegler admitted to authorities in an interview that she and husband had engaged in a sexual encounter with a woman more than a year earlier. The affidavit stated that when the woman found out Ms. Ziegler wouldn’t be there for the encounter in October, she said she changed her decision and cancelled with Mr. Ziegler. But the woman claimed that Mr. Ziegler was present. to Uninvited, they entered her apartment and assaulted her.
Mr. Ziegler reported to the authorities the meeting was consensual, and that he recorded it. of It, the affidavit read. The investigators have been unable to to Find the video and issue a search warrant to Google as part of The affidavit. Google’s representative did not reply to A request for comment was made on Sunday evening.
The first news outlet to report the details of the affidavit that other media outlets have reported was the Florida The New York Times later acquired the Center for Government Accountability which described itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan group.
According to reports, the woman was examined and treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Oct. 4 after reporting that Mr. Ziegler sexually assaulted. to The affidavit.
In the messages she sent to Mr. Ziegler following the encounter she told him that she was “not okay with what happened,” The affidavit stated. Mr. Ziegler claimed repeatedly that she is his friend. to Change the topic.
He denied the accusation in the recorded calls that the woman made with Mr. Ziegler in which she told him he sexually assaulted. “Those are big words, please don’t, no I didn’t,” The affidavit states.
Gov. Ron DeSantis of FloridaA Republican candidate for the presidency has called Mr. Ziegler to resign. “I don’t see how he can continue with that investigation ongoing given the gravity of those situations, and so I think that he should step aside,” DeSantis added late last week that he was familiar with the Zieglers and hoped the accusations were false. “He’s innocent till proven guilty, but we just can’t have a party chair that is under that type of scrutiny.”
Email to Members of You can also find out more about the following: Florida Republican Party Mr. Ziegler told reporters that he would be speaking on Saturday. “we have a country to save and I am not going to let false allegations of a crime put that mission on the bench as I wait for this process to wrap up.” He said that liberal activists were targeting him and that Ms. Ziegler “is behind me 150 percent.”
In this year’s election, Mr. Ziegler won the position of chairman. Florida Republicans were debating candidates for the party’s 2024 nomination. He was considered the best choice of former President Donald J. Trump’s allies.
The Zieglers can be considered as a strong political couple. FloridaSarasota has become a hotbed of activity, particularly in this area of Conservative activism from the end of The Trump administration. Moms for Liberty worked closely with Mr. DeSantis in the last campaign.
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