Leaked Video Appears To Show Male Staffer Groping GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s Crotch

A new video has emerged online showing North Carolina GOP congressman Madison Cawthorn appearing to be groped by a man believed to be one of his staff members.

The footage, which was obtained by the DailyMail.com and shared on Twitter by the Meidas Touch Twitter account, shows Cawthorn sitting in a car with another male.


Cawthorn can be heard in the video saying “I feel the passion and desire, and would like to see a naked body beneath my hands.”

The man filming the video, believed to be Cawthorn’s scheduler, Stephen Smith, responds “me too,” before reaching over and rubbing his hand on Cawthorn’s crotch.

The footage was included in fillings submitted to the Office of Congressional Ethics by the political group Fire Madison Cawthorn, who are attempting to get the congressman investigated over alleged misconduct and inappropriate behavior.

According to the filings, Cawthorn has provided Smith with loans and other gifts which were not declared, and the staff member has not returned.

Newsweek reports that Smith has been living with Cawthorn in his home in Hendersonville, North Carolina for free ever since the freshman congressman took office.

The filings suggest that Smith and Cawthorn have a “personal relationship between them, separate and apart from the professional relationship of employer and employee.”

The pair are said to be so close that Smith joined Cawthorn and his wife on their honeymoon in Dubai in April 2021. Cawthorn and his wife, Cristina Bayardelle, separated in December 2021.

The Fire Madison Cawthorn group also submitted screenshots of what is believed to be Venmo payments between Smith and the congressman with notes such as “Getting naked for me in Sweden,” “The stuff we did in Amsterdam,” and “The quickie at the airport” and “breaking and entering.”

Other alleged Venmo payments Smith sent to Cawthorn included messages such as: “For loving me daily and nightly” and “Nudes.”

Cawthorn appeared to address the cellphone footage in a tweet on Thursday.

“Many of my colleagues would be nowhere near politics if they had grown up with a cell phone in their hands,” Cawthorn tweeted.