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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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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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An Indianapolis woman was killed hours after she live-streamed herself threatening to expose two downlow men on Facebook.

Jane Waughfield, 40, was shot multiple times while driving her yellow Camaro in Indianapolis traffic Tuesday morning.

Waughfield lost control of her Camaro, causing a multi-car crash. She was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Hours before she was fatally shot, Waughfield live-streamed herself explaining how she walked in on two male "cousins" engaging in an intimate sex act. She said she was chased out onto the street, and she feared for her life.

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The news of her death - and the video of her threatening to expose the DL men - went viral on social media and the blogs. But, other than the local news, the national news media ignored the story.

Social media users speculated that the national news media ignored the story because they believe Waughfield got what she deserved for extorting the downlow men to buy her silence.

But Louisiana reporter Jade Jackson says the national news media is waiting for the police to wrap up their investigation before reporting on the story.

"The elephant in the room sometimes cannot be discussed on the news (blatantly anyway) because we can't jeopardize a police investigation," she tweeted on Friday. "Everything has to be confirmed. Don't think we don’t know or that it isn’t being looked into."

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An Indianapolis woman was murdered hours after she threatened to expose down low men in a Facebook Live video on Tuesday.

Jane Waughfield was shot and killed while in traffic, police say. After the shooting, she lost control of her vehicle, causing a four car crash.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrived at the scene of a crash. Waughfield was found dead in one of the vehicles. She was shot multiple times.

Hours before she died, Waughfield took to Facebook Live, and said she walked in on a male friend having sex with another man. "I walked into some nasty sh*t, and I will never be the same!" she said.

She threatened to name the men if they didn't pay her $5,000. "I can't get 5 bands?" she said.

Waughfield told her followers the man attempted to kill her. "They tried to kill me. They chased me out of the house," she said. "If I die, let them people know they killed me."

Hours later, she was shot and killed.
 

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Aaron Hernandez's fiancée spoke publicly for the first time since a documentary floated the theory that Hernandez committed murder to conceal his undercover bisexual lifestyle.

In an interview with Good Morning America that aired on Wednesday morning, Shayanna Jenkins said she was not aware that Hernandez was bisexual. She said she "would not have loved him differently" if he had opened up to her about his desire for men.

"Although I have a child with Aaron, I still can't tell you how he was feeling inside," she said. "No one can."

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The former New England Patriots wide receiver was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2015 for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in 2013.

The three-part Netflix series "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez," aired in the U.S. on Jan. 15. The documentary theorized that Hernandez killed his friend because he feared Lloyd was gossiping about his bisexuality.

Hernandez killed himself in his Massachusetts prison cell in 2017.
 

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Tamar Braxton clarified comments she made about women sleeping with down low men amid public backlash from the LGBT+ community who say the comments were divisive and harmful.

The 42-year-old R&B singer sparked controversy when she issued a "public service announcement" advising women that they may be sleeping with a bisexual man if he shows a lack of interest in her sexually.

"If he lays with you for 3, 4, 10 days and he don't touch u, it's NOT YOU!! HE WANT A MAN!! And that's on my momma."

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Many say Tamar is bitter because she has a history of hooking up with suspect men, including her ex-husband Vincent Herbert and boyfriend David Adefeso (pictured).

Tamar clarified her comment saying she was not referring to boyfriend Adefeso.

"Y'all know I'm going live.... If you are in ya bag, ya shouldn't be. I shouldn't have been in My feelings, granted on social media based off a conversation with my friends. I was talking about me but not me and David. I've been through a lot. This is why i stay on my fake page," she tweeted.
 

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