U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is threatening to sue a magazine following a report that alleges he kidnapped a female friend and tried to force her to smoke marijuana as a college student at Baylor University.
GQ Magazine published a report Monday anonymously quoting a woman who claimed Paul and another man came to her house, blindfolded her, and tied her up before trying to force her to “take bong hits” in 1983 when the three were students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
The report also alleges that Paul, who is running as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, was part of a secret society called the NoZe Brotherhood, which “existed to torment the Baylor administration” through “pranks” and its student-run satirical newspaper.
Paul told Fox News that he “categorically” denies the kidnapping allegation. “This stuff is just outrageous and ridiculous. No, I never was involved with kidnapping. No, I never was involved with forcibly drugging people,” he said.
Paul’s spokesman, Jesse Benton, said Tuesday that the account “is made up or distorted beyond recognition” and accused the reporter, Jason Zengerle, of driving a “leftist agenda” meant to damage Paul’s campaign.