Police Begin Investigation Into Leaked Andrew Gillum Photos, Police Report - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise magazine Fall 2019 issue

Authorities in Florida have begun an investigation into leaked photos and an official police report involving Florida politician Andrew Gillum, who was part of an incident at a Miami Beach hotel two weeks ago.

According to NewsOne, the photos show a man resembling the former Tallahassee mayor in a compromising position at a Miami Beach hotel on March 13. Additionally, Candace Owens, a controversial black Republican pundit, posted the police report to several of her social media accounts.

The Miami Beach Police Department said Sunday it is “unknown how the report was shared” and confirmed that how Owens received it was “being looked at.”

“I am the sole spokesperson for the MBPD,” Ernesto Rodriguez wrote to the Democrat in an email. “I can assure you no PRRs have been fulfilled besides the incident report,” he added while using the abbreviation law enforcement uses for the terms “Photo Request Response.” Rodriguez said he would fulfill those requests by everyone who made them “at the same time” once “they are complete.”

The incident, which occurred March 13, began when Aldo Mejias, who rented the room, discovered Gillum vomiting in the bathroom and another man identified as Travis Dyson having trouble breathing.

Dyson then began vomiting on a bed, which prompted Mejias to call the police. Gillum, who did not speak to police, said in a statement that he was vomiting in the room after having too much to drink at a wedding. Initial reports said methamphetamines were recovered at the scene but none of the men involved were charged with a crime.

A few days later Gillum announced that he will be stepping away from politics indefinitely and entering rehab for alcohol abuse and depression.

“I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated,” Gillum said last week. “I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person.”

Prior to the incident, Gillum was working as the chairman of Forward Florida Action, a political group working to register minorities to vote and influence local elections in the state and the 2020 Presidential Election.