The woman accusing Michigan’s former House Speaker of repeatedly raping her for more than a decade admits she initiated contact with her alleged attacker – but says she only did so because she was ‘brainwashed’ and ‘groomed’ by the ex-lawmaker.
Rebekah Chatfield, 26, came forward last week to detail her ordeal after filing the criminal complaint against Lee Chatfield last month.
In the criminal filing, she accused Michigan’s youngest House speaker in more than a century of sexually assaulting her multiple times while she attended Northern Michigan Christian Academy, which was run by his family.
Rebekah – who claims the abuse began when she was 15 – conceded in an interview with Bridge Michigan that she at times reached out to Chatfield, but claimed she was under his spell during the time.
‘It was never consensual, because it started when I was a minor – the brainwashing, the mentality, the manipulation, the psychological, the emotional – he groomed me into being who he wanted me to be,’ she told the outlet.
Chatfield, 33, was elected in 2014 and served as the state’s House Speaker in 2019. The following year, he headed the delegation of seven Michigan GOP leaders who met with then-president Donald Trump at the White House as he tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the state.
The alleged abuse by the married politician, who left office in 2021 due to term limits, continued through last year, according to the complaint.
Michigan police on Thursday said they are investigating her allegations.
The abuse by the married politician, who left office in 2021 due to term limits, continued through last year, according to the complaint.
Michigan police on Thursday said they are investigating her complaint.
Rebekah married the politician’s younger brother Aaron in 2014 after the two met at the Christian academy in Burt Lake – where the brothers’ father, a pastor, was the superintendent of the school.
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Source: Daily Mail