Conservative Activists Accused Of Faking A Sexual Assault Allegation Against Pete Buttigieg

(Pete Buttigieg)

A recent college graduate who appeared to claim on Monday that he was sexually assaulted by Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana — the rising gay Democratic presidential candidate — said Tuesday in a statement shared with NBC News that the assault never happened. He said he was the victim of conservative activists who had duped him.

The accusation was made public Monday in the name of Hunter Kelly, 21, a Michigan resident, in a short post on the website Medium, which lets anyone publish. But Kelly said Tuesday that the post was fake and was instead written by the conservative activists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, both of whom have previously spread false accusations against perceived enemies of President Donald Trump, including a bogus sexual assault claim against special counsel Robert Mueller.