A rising star in the Republican Party who is running to be the youngest congressman in history is now facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct with women in recent years. Madison Cawthorn allegedly “exhibited sexually or verbally aggressive behavior toward them when they were teenagers.”
“Two women say he forcibly kissed them. One woman told me he grabbed her thigh and moved his hand an inch or two beneath her dress. WORLD has corroborated each woman’s account with at least one other individual,” according to the article.
One of the women received text messages from Cawthorn apparently apologizing for his behavior, the images of which were obtained by the author of the article.
Katrina Krulikas recounted her experience on an Instagram post that received wide coverage. The article’s author interviewed her about the incident.
“Cawthorn tried to kiss her. She turned her head away. After an awkward moment, they continued talking. A few minutes later he tried again, this time grabbing her face: ‘He was much stronger than me.’ As Cawthorn tried to kiss her on the mouth, Krulikas pulled away and attempted to jump out of his lap.
In texts, Cawthorn addressed the conduct.
“I remember you and I went on a date to that campfire years ago and I remember I asked if I could kiss you, you said no, but I thought you were just being coy and then I really quickly kissed you and that’s all I can remember. I can see in hindsight how that was over the line and I am sorry,” he wrote.
Another woman, Francesca McDaniel, described a similar incident taking place several months later, which a friend corroborated at the time.
Other aspects of Cawthorn’s profile have raised eyebrows, including the suggestion that he was bound for the Naval Academy before a car accident that left him paralyzed. In campaigning Cawthorn hints at the fact that he would have gone to the Naval Academy and has not corrected any reporting to the contrary, but in fact he was not accepted. The Asheville Citizen-Times outlined the discrepancy between reality and the image his campaign projects.