Republicans Using Coercion Criminal Scandals

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  • TX Attorney General Ken Paxton [R]
    Called and threatened "several" Texas State Reps with "political consequences" if they voted to impeach him for corruption
    27 May 2023
    According to a speech delivered by Rep. Green in the Texas State House
  • Bruce Miller [Conservative Athlete]
    Threatened to execute Rep. Eric Swalwell or send him to Guantanamo Bay in a threatening private message he sent the Congressman on Twitter
    17 May 2023
    According to an official report filed with the Capitol Police
  • Coerced his staffer Noelle Dunphy into having sex with him multiple times and to participate in BDSM sex acts -- often after she was unable to consent due to being intoxicated -- and creepily told her that he thinks of her "as my daughter" while they were having sex
    15 May 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by former employee Noelle Dunphy reported on by mainstream outlets
  • GOP Strategist Carlton Huffman
    Coerced two young women in to allowing him to orally and digitally penetrate them, which they felt they had no other option than going along with due to his having had brandished a gun in their presence earlier in the night and the power dynamic of him being nearly twenty years older than them
    10 Mar 2023
    According to the copy of the restraining order filed against him by the alleged victims obtained by CNN
  • Radio Host Joe Staysniak
    Struck his son, choked his son's boyfriend and threatened them with a gun as they sat in a parked car outside his home
    22 Feb 2023
    According to charging documents obtained by NBC News
  • Priest Frank Pavone
    Massaged and inappropriately touched four young women working under his direct supervision over a nearly twenty-year period
    24 Jan 2023
    According to an investigative report by The Pillar
  • Influencer Andrew Tate
    Operated an international human trafficking & sex abuse ring that lured unsuspecting women into performing in adult videos without their consent under threat of violence if they attempted to flee
    30 Dec 2022
    According to charging documents filed by Romanian authorities
  • Arlyn Briggs [2022 KS GOP Gov. Candidate]
    Subtly threatened to use force against the police if they entered his home to arrest a wanted fugitive he was sheltering by calling his local department and informing them he was knowledgeable of the so-called "castle doctrine" that allows people to use deadly force if someone enters their home without consent
    27 Jun 2022
    According to charging documents filed by local officials
  • GOP County Chair Nathan Tabor [R-NC]
    Threatened a county sheriff and local police chief by vowing to release unspecified "false information" about them if they didn't grant him immunity in an unrelated case
    28 Mar 2022
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Herschel Walker [2022 GOP GA Senator Nominee]
    Pointed a loaded gun against his ex-wife's head and threatened to kill her and her new boyfriend, after which she got a restraining order issued against him
    23 Jul 2021
    According to a police affidavit filed by his ex-wife's sister
  • Rep. Madison Cawthorn [R-NC]
    Drove multiple women out into remote rural areas while in college and if they turned down his advances, he would drive back to campus recklessly at very high speeds because as one woman described it "he was upset that I had turned him down or refused his advances"
    27 Feb 2021
    According to firsthand accounts of several alleged victims shared The Washington Post
  • Ed Henry [Reporter]
    Left threatening messages and sent a private investigator to scare a woman he had recently sexually coerced to make sure she kept her "mouth closed" or else he would sue her
    09 Nov 2020
    According to a civil lawsuit filed against Henry and Fox News by Jennifer Eckhart
  • Ed Henry [Reporter]
    Coerced a 25-year-old woman seeking his mentorship to get naked and enter the bathtub in his Las Vegas hotel suite and fondled her until she "submitted to the pressure" of his advances and had sex with him while also being married
    09 Nov 2020
    According to a civil lawsuit filed against Henry and Fox News by Jennifer Eckhart
  • Judge Tim Nolan [R-KY]
    Coerced 12 young women -- all but two of whom were battling a heroin or opioid addiction and were already tangled up in the criminal justice system -- in to having sex with him by supplying them with heroin and threatened to take the drugs away and call the police on them if they rebuffed his sexual demands while also being married
    04 May 2018
    He pleaded guilty to human trafficking and was sentenced to 20 years in prison
  • Steve Wynn
    Coerced a massage therapist to perform more than 50 sexual acts on him in his locked office guarded by security dogs and gave her a $400 “tip” each time while also being married
    01 Mar 2018
    According to a lawsuit filed by the alleged victim
  • Steve Wynn
    Coerced a massage therapist into giving him "happy endings" by tipping $1,000 for regular massages as a guise and then later demanded sexual favors in return which she reluctantly agreed to after becoming financially dependent on the job and money while also being newly married at the time
    28 Feb 2018
    According to a lawsuit filed by the alleged victim
  • Scott Baio [Conservative Actor]
    Allegedly sexually abused actress Nicole Eggert over a 3-year period in which she said he "penetrated me with his finger" when she was only 14, coerced her into having sex with him when she was 17, and engaged in "a lot of groping, a lot of fondling, a lot of pulling me on his lap" while on the set of Charles in Charge
    30 Jan 2018
    According to the alleged victim who went public with her accusations against him
  • Steve Wynn
    Coerced a manicurist who worked at one of his hotels to remove her clothing and have sex with him while also being married then secretly paid her $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit she filed against him
    27 Jan 2018
    According to an exclusive report by The wall Street Journal
  • Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX]
    Sent pictures of himself masturbating to three women -- two whom he had an extramarital affair with -- and threatened to sic the Capitol Police on one of the women he was involved with if she went public with his naked pictures
    22 Nov 2017
    According to a recorded phone call between Barton and one woman he had an affair with exclusively reported by The Washington Post
  • Bill O'Reilly [Host]
    Coerced Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl into a "non-consensual sexual relationship" while also being married himself and later secretly agreed to pay her $32 million to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit she brought against him
    21 Oct 2017
    According to a settlement agreement reached between O'Reilly and his accuser
  • Charles Payne [Host]
    Allegedly coerced Fox News political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes into a 3-year-long abusive sexual relationship where she was forced to have sex with him in exchange for career advances and increased facetime on Fox News and Fox Business while also being married
    18 Sep 2017
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victim
  • Iowa GOP Board Member John Thompson
    Physically threatened his ex-fiancé after he used the "Find My iPhone" App installed on her phone to track her location, which prompted a judge to issue a restraining order against him
    23 Aug 2017
    According to a report filed by local media
  • Directed three top White House officials to repeatedly call and threaten Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that a negative article about their private lives would be published in the National Enquirer unless they call him and personally apologize for their negative coverage of him
    30 Jun 2017
    According to both the anchors who reported Trump's actions in the Washington Post
  • Justice of the Peace Russ Casey [R-TX]
    Coerced a subordinate into giving him oral sex multiple times -- once while he wore his black judge's robe -- and to have sex with him two times and would lash out her as a “horrible court manager” if she ever refused his advances, which she didn't do often because he was her boss, while being married the entire time
    16 May 2017
    According to a federal civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victim
  • Justice of the Peace Russ Casey [R-TX]
    Locked the door and exposed his penis to a subordinate cornered in her office and slammed the door back shut when she tried to flee then threatened that she better think twice before reporting him because he's the only person standing between her and the unemployment line
    16 May 2017
    According to a federal civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victim
  • Gov. Robert Bentley [R-AL]
    Told his wife's chief of staff Heather Hannah that she better "watch herself" after he found out she helped his wife secretly record intimate conversations with a woman he was having an affair with
    10 Apr 2017
    According to an investigative report by
  • State Rep. Dan Kirby [R-OK]
    Repeatedly pressured his legal assistant -- who was thirty years younger than him -- to text topless photos of herself and go with him to a local strip club which she did presumably because she was afraid of losing her job and then fired her after she reported his harassment
    23 Dec 2016
    According to reports by local and state media
  • Roger Ailes [CEO]
    Coerced top Fox News staffer Laurie Luhn -- who was 22 years younger than him -- into starting an abusive sexual relationship while he was still married that lasted 20+ years and used the threat to release a videotape he made of her dancing in lingerie to help maintain psychological control
    29 Jul 2016
    According to an investigative report by New York Magazine who read a confidential $3.15MM settlement Fox News paid
  • Donald Sterling [Conservative Businessman]
    Coerced an assistant who was decades younger than him into having sex over a yearslong period by threatening to withhold her paycheck if she ever refused his advances, subjected her to a "steady stream of racially and sexually offensive comments" and fired her when she eventually stood up to him while also being married
    03 Jun 2014
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victim
  • Rep. Rick Renzi [R-AZ]
    Strongarmed leaders of a copper mining company into purchasing a large tract of land from a business associate who owed him money in exchange for him sponsoring legislation that would be favorable to the company, even once explicitly telling those involved "no Sandlin Property, no bill," then failed to pay taxes on the $733,000 he received from the sale once the deal went through
    22 Feb 2008
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials