Video on Twitter appears to show Madison Cawthorn being groped by a staff member

  • A viral video appears to show Rep. Madison Cawthorn having her groin groped by a male associate.
  • also posted a screenshot of Venmo payments it claims were made by Cawthorn.
  • Payments to the same male associate include tags such as “what we did in Amsterdam”.

A video widely viewed on Twitter appears to show North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn being groped by a male associate.

The undated clip shows Cawthorn being filmed in a vehicle by another man.

“I feel passion and desire, and I would like to see a naked body under my hands,” Cawthorn says in the video.

The man filming then responds by saying, “Me too. I’d like to see that too”, while turning the camera on himself. The comment causes Cawthorn to burst out laughing, and the other man then films himself putting his hand on the lawmaker’s groin.

The video was shared Thursday night by the Twitter account of, a super PAC dedicated to “protecting American democracy, defeating Trumpism, and holding Republicans accountable.”

Since its publication, the video has been viewed more than 520,000 times and received more than 10,000 likes. It has also been retweeted over 6,000 times.

According to, the other man in the video is Cawthorn planner Stephen Smith. The site is operated by the American Muckrakers PAC, whose self-proclaimed sole purpose is to ensure that “Cawthorn’s first term is his last.”

David Wheeler, the president of American Mucrakers, also uploaded a copy of an ethics complaint he filed against Cawthorn. The complaint alleges that Cawthorn failed to “properly file the House’s financial information regarding gifts and loans to Mr. Stephen L. Smith.”

Wheeler’s complaint also claims that Cawthorn and Smith live together, adding various screenshots bearing Cawthorn’s registered address in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and cross-referencing them to Smith’s registered address in the FEC documents. .

Wheeler also posted several screenshots of what he claimed were recordings of Cawthorn and Smith’s Venmo payments to each other. The images shared showed messages between the duo dating from June 17, 2018 to January 9, 2019 – before Smith joined Cawthorn’s campaign for Congress as an aide in January 2020.

In the screenshots, some of the payments sent by Cawthorn to Smith included tags such as “Strip for me in Sweden”, “Things we did in Amsterdam”, and “The quickie at the airport”.

Meanwhile, some of Smith’s payments to Cawthorn were labeled “For loving me every day and every night” and “Nudes.”

“The Committee is urged to investigate whether any House rules or statutes have been violated by the relationship between Representative Cawthorn and his House employee, Mr. Stephen L. Smith,” Wheeler wrote in his complaint. .

Insider could not independently verify Venmo’s screenshots. Insider also did not immediately receive a response to requests for comment from representatives for Wheeler, Smith, or Cawthorn.

Cawthorn has recently been embroiled in a series of controversies.

Watchdog groups claim the congressman may have violated the Congressional Conflict of Interest STOCK Act by failing to report his cryptocurrency purchases.

Cawthorn was also recently reprimanded by Republican leaders — including lawmakers from his home state of North Carolina and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — after he claimed he witnessed “sexual perversion and drug use among his colleagues in Congress.

A recent Politico article also published photos showing the congressman clad in lingerie, which Cawthorn called “goofy vacation pics.”

Cawthorn was also cited this week for bringing a loaded gun to the Charlotte airport. It was the second time he had been found with a gun in his carry-on.

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