Former Florida Democrat Gubernatorial candidate and “rising star” Andrew Gillum was found in a Miami hotel room early Friday morning along with two other men experiencing a drug overdose.
Gillum was too inebriated to speak to paramedics.
According to one of the men involved in the “party,” he entered the hotel room to find Andrew Gillum and the other man under the influence of an “unknown” substance. Gillum then collapsed on the bed in a prone position before entering the bathroom to vomit. When police were taking statements from the men, Gillum was so drunk that he was unable to speak coherently.
Bags of crystal meth were also found in the Miami hotel room, but police are not pursuing criminal charges.
“At this time, the incident is not being investigated as a criminal matter,” Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a department spokesman, told the Times in an email.
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Gillum tried to do some damage control on Friday and said in a statement that he just had a little too much to drink at a wedding last night.
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said in a written statement. “While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”
“I’m thankful to the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts,” Gillum said. “I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
The escort that Gillum partied with (photo below) is saying Gillum never even mentioned going to a wedding.