Former Florida Gov. Candidate Andrew Gillum Found in Hotel Room With Man Suffering From Possible Drug Overdose
The man, a gay escort, found with Gillum said the two men have been “friends for a while.”
Police found former Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate and CNN contributor Andrew Gillum in a hotel room with a man who suffered from a possible drug overdose.
Police believe a bag they found at the scene contained crystal meth. Reports indicate the man is a gay escort.
Police found Gillum with Travis Dyson. His Rent Men profile states he works as a “pornstar performer.” His social media accounts show “sexual videos of himself with a muscular man he identified as his boyfriend.”
Dyson’s Instagram became private after the media reported the incident.
Aldo Mejias, 56, discovered Gillum and Dyson in the hotel room. Mejias told the police “he entrusted his credit card to Dyson, who identifies himself on social media as a registered nurse.”
Mejias told police officers he arrived to the room about 11 p.m., and he found Dyson with Gillum, 40. He said both Dyson and Gillum were vomiting, and when Dyson collapsed he conducted chest compressions and called 911.
Officers reported finding three small clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room.
“Officers then attempted to speak to Mr. Gillum,” the reporting officer wrote. “Mr. Gillum was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state … Mr. Gillum left the hotel room and returned to his residence.”
Medical personnel transported Dyson to Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dyson has recovered but remains in stable condition.
Gillum explained the situation on Friday. From WFTV:
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said in a statement. “While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”
He said he is grateful to paramedics for their help.
“I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time,” Gillum said.
Gillum has been married to R. Jai Gillum since 2009. They have 6-year-old twin girls and a 2-year-old son.
Dyson told The Miami New Times he “personally was not celebrating a wedding” and did not know Gillum “was in town for a wedding” because he never mentioned it.
Dyson also said that the two men have “been friends for a while.”DONATE
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