Andrew Gillum to discuss Miami hotel room incident on Tamron Hall show
Andrew Gillum sits down with Tamron Hall.

Gillum Hall
The interview appears to confirm a nude photograph of himself.

Andrew Gillum in a sit-down interview with the “Tamron Hall Show appears ready to discuss in greater detail an incident in a Miami hotel room that disrupted his political career and threatened his family’s future.

The full interview will air on the Sept. 14 season premiere of the nationally televised talk show. An excerpt released on “Good Morning America” appears to confirm the validity of a photograph showing Gillum with no clothes.

“When that photo came out, I didn’t recognize the person on the floor,” Gillum said. “That was anything more than a person being at their most vulnerable state. Unconscious, having given no consent, and someone decided to use a moment where I was literally lying in my own vomit.”

The March incident, in which police responded to calls of a crystal meth overdose at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel, raised numerous questions about Gillum’s private life. He was found in the hotel room intoxicated and maintained he only consumed alcohol that night. The man who needed medical attention, Travis Dyson, was quickly revealed to be a reputed escort. Police released photos in April of bags apparently holding methamphetamines.

A photo was also leaked to the Central Florida Post that showed Gillum nude on the floor. The picture was shared on Twitter by actor James Woods, which prompted a brief suspension of the actor’s account. The veracity of the photo has been frequently questioned.

Host Tamron Hall, who conducted the sit-down, told “Good Morning America” that Gillum made clear he could not discuss the incident in full detail because of legal concerns involving the other two men in the room. He has not faced any legal charges himself.

But Gillum does discuss the events more candidly than before. It’s the first media interview Gillum has participated in since the March incident.

“The reason why I went to that room is probably no different than how somebody might communicate with someone they are in a friendship, relationship, whatever with,” he said. “I understand very well what people assume about that.”

Hall, at one point, asks how Gillum is “still standing” after the photographs published. Gillum entered rehab for alcohol abuse shortly after the events unfolded. In July, he posted a video on Instagram saying that losing the Governor’s race in 2018 sent him into a depression.

“I’m still here by the grace of God,” Gillum told Hall. “So much of my recovery has been about trying to get over shame.”

Hall also sat down with Gillum alongside his wife, R. Jai, and said the matter of Gillum’s political future was also discussed.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


8 comments

  • Me No Gay!

    September 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Me no sucka his d!ck.
    He sucka my d!ck!

  • 41 Years Old

    September 10, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Still looking for his first real job.

  • Ray Blacklidge

    September 10, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    It’s a shame Gillum is seeking to reenter political life. He is an intelligent man who has shown he can not handle the pressures of the political process. He should concentrate on building a future for his family and himself. Once he lives a life with strife and struggle of employment and sees the pressures the average person faces on a daily basis, then he will finally understand why Government needs to play less of a role in peoples lives, not more.

  • Jim Donelon

    September 10, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Gillum’s political future is zero. He left too much money on the table in a losing election.

  • Ron Ogden

    September 10, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    “Unconscious, having given no consent, and someone decided to use a moment. . . .”

    The astonishing thing is that, for some people, the quoted statement is coherent and reasonable. Almost as astonishing is that a person who fails of elementary logic like this could actually offer himself as an example of social leadership. A poster child for “democracy” as interpreted by the left in the 21st Century. How long until the left is plumping him as presidential material?

  • Domino

    September 10, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Gillum’s wife supports the family by “working” at The Florida Dental Association nonprofit while raising 3 children and coddling her infantile husband.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 11, 2020 at 5:18 am

    May not want to be involved in politics! But I give Gillum points for saying “I fucked up!” Hope you will always work to keep your addictions at bay!

  • just sayin

    September 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Dude, you’re not coming back. You were found in a hotel room with meth, viagra, GHB, and a male escort. Just give it up and get a real job.

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