Ex-FL Rep. Says Gaetz Fought Against Revenge Porn Ban, Believed Pics Were ‘His To Use As He Wanted’

Flanked by about two dozen House Republicans, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during a press conference on October 23, 2019. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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April 6, 2021 8:27 a.m.

Former Florida state Rep. Tom Goodson (R) described on Monday how the embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was the primary opponent of his bill outlawing “revenge porn,” aka pornographic images of the victim distributed by a former sex partner without consent, when the now-U.S. congressman served in his home state’s House of Representatives.

“Matt was absolutely against it,” Goodson told the Orlando Sentinel. “He thought the picture was his to do with what he wanted. He thought that any picture was his to use as he wanted to, as an expression of his rights.”

Gaetz was one of the two votes against the legislation once it reached a final vote in the state House in 2015.

The congressman’s office did not respond to request for comment.

Goodson’s remarks came after CNN and the Washington Post reported that Gaetz had a pattern of boasting about his sexual exploits to his colleagues and showing them nude photos and videos of the women he claimed to have sex with. He even showed the images to fellow lawmakers on the U.S. House floor, according to CNN.

Additionally, Gaetz is under federal investigation for allegedly sleeping with a 17-year-old and paying for her to travel across state lines. The investigation stems from the Justice Department’s criminal case against former Seminole county tax collector Joel Greenberg, a friend of Gaetz who has been charged with sex trafficking (along with a host of other crimes). The Post reported that Gaetz bragged about the women he met through Greenberg to associates in Florida politics.

The GOP congressman, who has not been criminally charged, denies the allegations regarding the 17-year-old, and claims he is a victim of extortion. There is no indication that investigators are looking into the allegations of Gaetz flaunting nude images of his sex partners.

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