On Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican’s Daniel Chacón dropped an interview with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s alleged sexual assault victim, James Hallinan, where he finally broke his silence on the incident after threats to his life. This comes as Hallinan signed a non-disclosure agreement and was paid, through his lawyers, $150,000 in hush money.
Hallinan told the New Mexican, “I’m tired of the continued death threats on social media and everybody trying to muscle me. I’m real tired of it. They’ve pushed me too far.”
He disclosed that directly after the incident, where Lujan Grisham poured a bottle of water over his jeans and then groped his penis through his pants, he immediately contacted Democrats Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, Attorney General Hector Balderas, and State Auditor Brian Colón for help. The New Mexican’s requests for comment were denied by all but Balderas, who said he would leave the matters up to the two parties’ attorneys.
Hallinan told the paper, “It’s a weird thing to talk about, you know, that a male is going to be abused by a female, right? But it’s a female in power,” adding, “Why is it OK for a female to treat a male like she did and it’s not OK for females getting molested by men? … That really frustrates me. It’s my [expletive] life. Why is it OK for Michelle to do the bad things that she did but [Democrat ex-New York Gov.] Andrew Cuomo and everybody else has to go away?”
“Think about this,” he said. “If I was a female and the governor was a male, oh my God, it’d be like the biggest scandal in the the world. She’d be done.”
He said he wouldn’t put it past Lujan Grisham to try and “claw back the money,” but he said he doesn’t care about that because it never was about money.
“They’ve ruined my life so much and my family’s life so much, I don’t [expletive] care anymore,” he said.
The New Mexican detailed more of what happened at the meeting where the alleged crotch grab took place. After Hallinan criticized two of Lujan Grisham’s ads, one about crime where he said she came off as elitist for wearing fancy designer shoes, and one with her hair bleached blonde, which she did not look Hispanic enough, in his opinion.
“That’s when she grabbed the water bottle, which was probably about 75 percent full, and dumped it on my crotch … and then she does the slap and grab,” he said.
He said, “She is getting the free pass, and it’s ridiculous,” he said. “Just because I’m a manly homosexual does not mean I don’t matter for being molested.”
Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign and official office have been contacted for comment, but they have not yet responded. If they do, their statements will be added to this report.