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Travis Dyson, a well-known male escort who was involved in a crystal methamphetamine incident with Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum, voluntarily surrendered his professional license to practice as a registered nurse in Florida.

Dyson, 30, was found in a South Beach hotel room with Gillum, 40, who made history as the first Black gubernatorial candidate in Florida.

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Both men were apparently under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Dyson was treated for a suspected drug overdose by paramedics.

A search of the Florida nursing board website for Dyson's name reveals he voluntarily surrendered his registered nurse license. He was originally licensed as a RN on Dec. 11, 2017 and he renewed his RN license on April 30, 2019.

Dyson is a popular male escort who advertises his escort services under his government name on Rentboy.com and other adult websites.

Working as a male escort is not prohibited under the Florida Board of Nursing's professional code of conduct rules.

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Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, was literally caught with his pants down with a naked man in a hotel room on South Beach on March 13.

The news coverage slowed to a crawl and then halted days after Gillum, 40, was found naked and vomiting on the bathroom floor in room 1107 at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. His friend, male escort Travis Dyson, 30, was treated for a possible drug overdose.

A police report was leaked to conservative activist Candace Owens by someone who knew the news media would cover up the story.

Gillum apologized to his wife, R. Jai Gillum, and his friends and supporters. He announced he was entering rehab for an alcoholism problem.

After recovering from their shock, Gillum's supporters collectively shrugged and moved on, leaving Gillum to his sexual demons.

But 2 of Gillum's supporters believe Black men should uplift Gillum, and the news media should not demonize down low Black men.

Preston Mitchum and Michael Seaberry penned an open letter to Gillum, Black men and the news media to "be our Brother's keeper".

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The open letter came days after The Central Florida Post and London's Daily Mail published embarrassing photos of Gillum naked in a hotel room strewn with drug paraphernalia and bedsheets soiled with blood and feces.

Mitchum, an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law Center, told NewsOne in an email Monday night that "all media has a role to play" in supporting Gillum and Black people.

"...mainstream media, in particular, must be careful in how it displays Black people and our bodies and it isn't something they are often forced to do."

Seaberry, a high school science teacher in Clayton County, Georgia, appealed to Black men to be more supportive of Gillum and each other in their times of need.

"Fellow Black men, allow this letter to be a reminder that we, too, must be allowed the space to explore, mess up, reevaluate ourselves and become anew," Seaberry and Mitchum wrote.

Addressing the rightwing news media. Mitchum and Seaberry wrote:

"We should not be shocked that you, the media, would fetishize a Black life for clickbait, likes, and shares -- for anything. Black life, in moments of pain and terror, has long been delectable to the American palate."

While acknowledging that Gillum's story is newsworthy, they said the coverage should not be done in such a "salacious way."

The men asked the news media for decorum and restraint when covering stories about down low high-profile men.

"Sharing photos of Mayor Gillum's naked body, especially in such a vulnerable state, is inexcusable and triggering to a community that has seen our own bodies fetishized and/or slain across the nation, from the lynching tree to Main Street. Quite frankly, we are sick of seeing Black bodies become a call-to-fame and the subject of your headlines."

NewsOne chose not to publish the nude photo of Gillum or the drug-strewn hotel room.

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Andrew Gillum, the disgraced former Democratic candidate for governor, has retained a high-powered criminal defense attorney to go after news outlets that published a photo of him lying in his own vomit.

According to police, Gillum, 40, and Travis Dyson, a known male escort, participated in a drug-fueled sex party during which Dyson overdosed in room 1107 at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel on March 13. Dyson, 30, was treated at a hospital and discharged.

Alex Spiro, who has ties to rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill, fired off take-down letters to media outlets that published a photo of Gillum sprawled naked on the bathroom floor. The photo shows Gillum lying on a pillow and a towel that is covered in his vomit. Another towel under his lower torso is soiled with feces.

Spiro fired off a letter to The Floridian Press, a newspaper that published an article using the photo after the Central Florida Post obtained the image exclusively.

"To be clear, The public has no legitimate interest in any such photo, and its release appears to be based not on any such desire to shed light on an important public event, but rather to appeal to the prurient interests of certain members of the public. Moreover, this blatant attempt to damage the reputation of a devoted public servant seeking treatment in the midst of a national emergency and global health crisis is appalling and demonstrates an utter disregard of decency and the privacy rights of Mr. Gillum and his family. The article is a violation of Mr. Gillum's rights to privacy and must be promptly removed."

Out of compassion for Mr. Gillum's wife and their 3 minor children, Javier Monjarres, the publisher of the Floridian Press, complied with the request and removed the article and photo.

However, the Central Florida Post has made it clear that they will not remove the image, not only because Spiro's demands are "legally without merit," but because "Mr. Gillum is a public figure whose life is of considerable public interest."

"Despite Mr. Spiro's claims that the public has no legitimate interest in the photo, they clearly do. After our report, dozens of news outlets around the globe used our exclusive in their own commentary and Andrew Gillum began trending on Twitter."

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The viral image has been turned into memes across multiple digital platforms.

Enrique Tarrio, who helped the Post obtain the photo, says he plans to resist any legal action by Spiro.

"[Gillum] was almost elected governor of Florida. If he had won, we would have had a sitting governor involved in a meth fueled gay sex orgy with a known male prostitute as we faced down the Wuhan flu pandemic. The public would have been placed at great risk and it is likely that people could have died due to delayed response times related to Mr. Gillum's needs to enter rehab. Mr. Gillum is not a dedicated public servant as his attorney claim. If he was a dedicated public servant he would have remained dedicated to his public image. That means not cheating on his wife, procuring male prostitutes, and engaging in meth fueled sex orgies while his young children were left home fatherless. Thank God that Florida was smart enough to elect a true leader like Ron DeSantis."

The Central Florida Post has filed an open records request with the Miami Beach Police Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) for "unredacted" police bodycam footage of Gillum in the hotel room.

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Gillum apologized to his wife, R. Jai Gillum, friends and supporters before announcing his plan to enter an alcohol rehabilitation facility. It is unclear if he actually entered rehab.

"This man could have been our governor and a phony rehab stint is clearly a ploy for sympathy before re-entering the political arena," wrote Jacob Engels, an Orlando based journalist who owns the Central Florida Post.

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Former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is leaving political life and entering an alcohol rehab facility following his romp with a naked male escort who overdosed in a Miami Beach hotel.

In a statement Sunday night, Gillum said he had "fallen into a depression that led to alcohol abuse" after losing his bid for governor in 2018.

He said he decided to seek help for his alcoholism after conversations with his family and "deep reflection." He called the decision "a wake-up call for me."

According to a Miami Beach police report, Gillum, 40, was found "inebriated" and wearing a tank top and boxer's shorts in a South Beach hotel room with a male escort who was treated for a suspected meth overdose early Friday.

Travis Dyson, 30, advertised his homosexual male escort services on the website RentMen.com, Florida's Local10 reported on Friday.

In his profile on the website, Dyson identified himself as "a pornstar performer" who offers services such as a "gay massage", a type of deep tissue massage that doesn't involve using his hands.

Police responded to room 1107 at the upscale Mondrian South Beach Hotel around 1 a.m. Friday, and found Gillum vomiting in a bathroom and a naked Dyson being treated by medics for a suspected drug overdose.

Officers found three clear plastic baggies containing "suspected crystal meth" on the bed and on the floor.

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Police were unable to communicate with Gillum due to his "inebriated state," the New York Times reported.

Police body cams captured bed sheets soiled with "blood and feces," according to Candace Owens' police source. Owens added that the footage will be released to the public.

Dyson was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated and released Friday. Medics returned to room 1107 to check on Gillum, who was by that time alert and oriented with normal vital signs.

Gillum was escorted a short distance home by Miami Beach police officers "without incident."

Another man in the room, Aldo Mejias, 56, said he called police when he arrived to the room around 11 p.m. Thursday and found both males "under the influence" of an unknown substance.

Mejias told police he gave Dyson his credit card info to rent a room. The room was booked at 4 p.m. Thursday. Dyson and Gillum arrived to the room around 6 p.m. for what police are calling a "sex/drug party."

Mejias said Dyson opened the door for him and then walked over to the bed and collapsed. He said Gillum, whom he did not know, was passed out on the floor, vomiting.

"No arrests were made and none are expected," said Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez. He said police impounded the drugs.

Rodriguez explained why no arrests were made, despite obvious evidence of illegal activity.

"We responded as a medical call," he said. "Though there were narcotics in plain view, no one was in physical possession of those narcotics."

Asked if his officers typically don’t make arrests when illegal drugs are found, the police spokesman said it depends on the situation.

"Officers are not going to make an arrest every time they go into a house and drugs are found. Every situation is different," he said.

After the embarrassing incident, Gillum released a statement on Friday, claiming he attended a wedding in Miami and was helping his "friend" who needed medical assistance.

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He thanked "the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts" and he said he plans to spend the next few weeks with his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Gillum, and their three children, 5-year-old twins Caroline and Jackson and 2-year-old Davis. He also asked for privacy for his family.

Gillum, a Democratic candidate for Florida governor, was narrowly defeated by Republican Ron DeSantis in 2018. Gillum was hired by CNN as a political contributor in 2019.

CNN provided low-key coverage of the scandal involving another of their high-profile Democratic contributors who fell from grace.

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Miami Beach police say former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum was found "inebriated" in a hotel room with a known homosexual male escort who was treated for a suspected meth overdose.

Police responded to a hotel room at the upscale Mondrian South Beach Hotel around 1 a.m. Friday and found Gillum in a room with Travis Dyson, a homosexual male escort and adult film star who may have overdosed on crystal meth.

In a police report obtained by conservative activist Candace Owens, medics treated Dyson, 30, for a suspected drug overdose and transported him to a local hospital, where he was evaluated and released.

Police observed Gillum, 40, in a bathroom vomiting in the toilet and officers found three plastic baggies containing "suspected crystal meth" on the bed and on the floor.

Police observed bed sheets soiled with "blood and feces," according to Owens' police source. She said Gillum, Dyson, who was naked, and the soiled bed sheets were captured on the officers' body cameras and that the video footage will be released.

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Police were unable to communicate with Gillum due to his "inebriated state," the New York Times reported.

Aldo Mejias, 56, told police he lent Dyson his credit card to rent a room at the hotel around 4 p.m. Thursday. Mejias said he planned to meet up with Dyson later that night for drinks on South Beach.

Dyson and Gillum arrived at the room around 6 p.m. Thursday, and Mejias arrived just after 11 p.m. that night.

Dyson opened the door for Mejias and then walked over to the bed and collapsed. Mejias told the NY Times that Dyson was in the room with a man he did not know.

"I was seeing very shallow breathing," Mejias said of Dyson. Mejias said Gillum "was passed out on the floor, throwing up."

Mejias performed chest compressions on Dyson and called 911. After police returned to the hotel a second time to conduct a "welfare check" on Gillum, he was allowed to leave the hotel and police escorted him the short distance to his home, according to Owens.

Despite an earlier report by Miami Beach police that "arrests were made," Gillum was not arrested.

"At this time, the incident is not being investigated as a criminal matter, Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said in an email to The NY Times.

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After the news broke on Friday, Gillum released a statement to the Miami Herald, saying he was in Miami for "a wedding celebration" when "first responders were called to assist one of my friends."

He added: "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."

The former Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida didn't clarify which movement he was referring to. He was hired as a CNN contributor in 2019, after he was narrowly defeated by Republican Ron DeSantis in the election.

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Gillum thanked "the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts" and he said he plans to spend the next few weeks with his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Gillum, and their three children, 5-year-old twins Caroline and Jackson and 2-year-old Davis. He also asked for privacy for his family.

In an interview with The Miami New Times newspaper, Dyson said he and Gillum met in the spring of last year and have been "friends for a while." He said he was not celebrating a wedding, which conflicted with Gillum's statement to The Herald.

"I personally was not celebrating a wedding," Dyson said. "I don't know if Gillum was in town for a wedding. He did not mention that."

Dyson then paused and hung up the phone without further comment.

House Rep. Matt Gaetz, who self-quarantined for 14 days after shaking hands with a man who had coronavirus, poked fun at Gillum in tweets on Friday.

"Everyone should respect @AndrewGillum's privacy as he explains why he was one of three men in a hotel room [with] 3 bags of meth, too impaired to talk to first responders. I know what you're all thinking - this is not very COVID-19 hygienic. #GillumSurge."

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A police report provides more detail into what transpired inside a Miami Beach hotel room where former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum was caught in a compromising position with a naked man late Thursday.

According to a police report obtained by conservative activist Candace Owens, Gillum was arrested in a drug-filled hotel room with two other men last night in Miami Beach.

Officers responded to the upscale Mondrian South Beach Hotel at 1100 West Avenue after one of the men, Travis Dyson, allegedly overdosed on crystal meth.

According to the report, Aldo Mejias provided Dyson with his credit card to book a hotel room where Dyson and Mejias were to hook up later that night. Dyson booked the room around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Mejias told police that when he arrived just after 11 p.m., he found Dyson in the room with Andrew Gillum.

Mejias said Dyson walked over to the bed and collapsed, and Mejias observed Gillum in the bathroom vomiting.

Mejias stated he called 911 after he observed Dyson having difficulty breathing and vomiting on the bed before collapsing again.
 

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Responding medics rushed Dyson to a hospital where he was in stable condition and alert as of Friday morning. Officers attempted to speak with Gillum but he was too "inebriated" to communicate with police.

A police source told Owens that Gillum was naked inside the hotel room with Dyson. Police observed methamphetamines in three small baggies on the bed and the floor.

Police responded to the hotel a second time that night to "conduct a welfare check on Mr. Gillum." Medics stated Gillum was in stable condition with normal vital signs.

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Gillum, 40, left the hotel and went home to his wife, R. Jai Gillum, and their three children.

The next day, after the news broke, Gillum issued a statement asking for privacy.

"I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. 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."

Mejias later said he did not attend a wedding in Miami. He was there to meet up with Dyson.

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Gillum added that he will spend "the next few weeks" with his family and asked for privacy.

R. Jai Howard is Gillum's wife of 11 years. Gillum, a Democrat, served as the 126th Mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 to 2018.

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Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was caught with his pants down - literally - at an alleged meth orgy with two men Thursday night.

According to a police report obtained by conservative activist Candace Owens, Gillum was arrested in a drug-filled hotel room with two other men last night in Miami Beach.

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According to the police report, Gillum, 40, was arrested in a Miami Beach hotel room with two other men in various stages of undress. Police responded to the location after one of the men overdosed on crystal meth.

The drugs were in three small baggies on the bed and the floor in full view of cops. One of the men told police that when he arrived at the hotel shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, Gillum and the person having the medical issue were "inside the room under the influence of an unknown substance."

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The police observed Gillum, who was partially undressed, in a bathroom vomiting. He was unable to communicate with officers due to his level of inebriation.

Gillum confirmed he was the man in the police report. The failed gubernatorial candidate released a statement on Friday, calling his arrest a "distraction".

"I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. 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."

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Gillum, who is married, added that he will spend "the next few weeks" with his family and asked for privacy during this embarrassing time.

Gillum and his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Howard, have three children. Gillum, a Democrat, served as the 126th Mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 to 2018.

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