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Rep. Matt Gaetz Receives Subpoena for Deposition in Friend’s Legal Battle Over Sexual Misconduct Charges

Rep. Matt Gaetz has been subpoenaed to provide a deposition in a civil matter.

This legal action is tied to allegations that he engaged in sexual activities with a minor.

The Legal Context

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The testimony will likely happen in the first week of April. It is part of a lawsuit filed by Gaetz’s friend Chris Dorworth, a former House member from Florida.

This lawsuit accuses others of defamation and racketeering stemming from allegations involving Gaetz.

Allegations and Denials

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Amid the controversy, Gaetz has steadfastly denied allegations concerning any illicit activity with a minor, as well as clarifying that he is not the one being sued in the case. 

Background of the Controversy

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The allegations against Gaetz came to light in March 2021, leading to significant public and legal scrutiny.

Gaetz has publicly denied these accusations, including in a high-profile interview on Fox News.

The Lawsuit’s Claims

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Dorworth’s lawsuit implicates Joel Greenberg, a former associate of Gaetz, and others in a conspiracy that falsely accused Dorworth and Gaetz of various illegal activities.

The suit explicitly addresses accusations of child sex trafficking and other misconduct.

Defense Strategies

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The lawsuit includes arguments that attempt to challenge the credibility of the accusations and the parties involved, including efforts by Greenberg to mitigate his legal consequences through cooperation with the Justice Department.

Legal Responses

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In defense of the accused parties, motions have been filed to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing against its foundation and the plausibility of Dorworth’s claims.

The Broader Investigation

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The Justice Department has been involved in a broader investigation into the allegations, with Gaetz being informed in 2023 that no charges would be brought against him.

Congressional Ethics Probe

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Gaetz is also under scrutiny from a Congressional ethics probe over lobbying allegations and other potential violations.

Public Statements

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Throughout the ordeal, Gaetz has maintained his innocence, publicly refuting the claims and questioning the existence of the alleged minor involved.

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