Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu’s Immigrant Ex-Boyfriend Goes On Camera

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu’s immigrant ex-boyfriend went on camera to repeat his stunning accusations against the rising conservative star and well-known border hawk in an interview broadcast Monday morning.

The man who has so far only been identified as “Jose,” told CNN that the sheriff threatened him if he ever went public about their relationship. The network blurred Jose’s face and distorted his voice to conceal his identity.

The CNN report mostly matches the what Jose previously said to the Phoenix New Times, which broke the story on its website Friday night.

During a dramatic news conference on Saturday, Babeu said for the first time publicly that he was gay, but he denied his former lover’s allegations.

Watch the interview here:

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Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com
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