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In 2019, a Michigan college student claimed to be recruited by pro-Trump agitators to falsely allege sexual harrassment against former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, according to Chicago Tribune.

Hunter Kelly was a 21-year-old gay Trump supporter at the time. The allegation started with a post on the publishing platform Medium under Kelly’s name, which leveled a rape claim against Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. But the next day, the allegation was taken down as Kelly published a statement saying he was never assaulted and the accusation was set up.

The college student said that he wanted to help President Donald Trump but found himself “roped into a Jussie Smollett-esque situation” by conservative activists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, who spread false allegations against public figures.

The two pro-Trump activists were known to have staged a news conference in 2018 where they claimed a woman was sexually harrassed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated on Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election. The woman never showed up and said that she was tricked by Wohl into being involved in the false claim.

Trump 2020 campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine denied any connection between the organization and the false rape claim, and said, “and we condemn fake allegations, whether they are against candidates for president or nominees for the Supreme Court.” She referred to the false rape allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at the time of his nomination in 2018.

No legal investigation followed the false allegation against Buttigieg in 2019.

See the full report here.