Sexual harassment complaint against Fabián Basabe filed in House
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Jacob Cutbirth, Nicolas Frevola allege the lawmaker on multiple occasions expressed he wanted sex from them.

A formal sexual harassment complaint against Rep. Fabián Basabe has now been filed with the House.

Two male staffers, Nicolas Frevola and Jacob Cutbirth, detailed many of the accusations already described in a lawsuit filed against Basabe in Leon County. Those include accusations the Miami Beach Republican told both men he wanted to have anal sex with them, and expressed he wanted to be a “bottom” while they could be “tops.”

That’s just one allegation detailed in the complaint emailed to the House. Cindy Myers, an attorney for Frevola and Cutbirth, said the staffers suffered severe harassment that made for a hostile work environment. She expressed shock how quickly after winning a close election that Basabe created a sexually charged atmosphere in his office.

“He just walked into the Capitol building and right off the bat started sexually harassing the guys,” Myers said.

Frevola, a 25-year-old legislative aide, remains an employee of the House but is set to be transferred to work for a new lawmaker. Cutbirth, a former intern, quit over the harassment.

Myers said both men were asked to sign nondisclosure agreements when they started to work for Basabe, and were reluctant to make complaints immediately after the incidents. The attorney said since her clients were employees of the state, they never should have been asked to sign NDAs.

Officials with the House said the complaint will be independently investigated.

“The Florida House has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment,” reads a statement provided from a House spokesperson. “Outside counsel will conduct a thorough investigation into the allegation. Pursuant to House policies, we will investigate the matter promptly, impartially, and in as confidential a manner as possible. Every employee of the Florida House is provided a copy of the administrative policy manual which outlines how to report allegations of sexual harassment with Florida House staff and leadership.

“This new allegation was brought forward after the completion of an investigation regarding an alleged physical altercation between Rep. Basabe and a Florida House employee, which included interviews of the complainant’s witnesses, and produced inconclusive findings. Throughout the investigation, both parties should respect the confidentiality of the proceedings to protect the integrity of the investigation. While this matter is being thoroughly investigated, we will not comment further.”

A different firm will investigate the sexual harassment allegations from the one that looked into a past accusation from Frevola. Allen Norton & Blue earlier this year found evidence “inconclusive” as to whether Basabe slapped Frevola in a roomful of lobbyists at a reception following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ second inauguration. None of those Frevola identified as witnesses said they saw Basabe hit Frevola, a report stated.

Myers said during the investigation of Frevola’s claim, Cutbirth offered to discuss his own problematic interactions with Basabe, but the firm released a report without ever speaking to him. Cutbirth’s accusations would have been outside the scope of that investigation, Myers said she was told.

“Due to the obvious violations of law and House policy that were reported to this investigative firm, these statements, and the failure to include this important information which was timely provided to a law firm operating as the House’s agent in its final report, is utterly shocking,” Cutbirth wrote in an email to House Speaker Paul Renner and the House Human Resources Department.

In the new complaint Cutbirth said on Dec. 15, he drove Basabe to a hotel after an event, and the lawmaker groped and tried to kiss the intern. The complaint says the same evening, Basabe “attempted to entice Cutbirth to come up to his hotel room with him to have sex.” Cutbirth refused.

The complaint also said Basabe encouraged Cutbirth to break up with his fiancée, now his wife, to explore sex with men. One time with both Frevola and Cutbirth in the room, Basabe told both men he wanted to have anal sex with them, the complaint states.

The same day, Basabe during a walk to the Governor’s Club asked Cutbirth about the size of his penis, the complaint alleges.

“Because Cutbirth found Basabe’s pervasive sexual harassment and comments to be offensive to him, he quit as Basabe’s intern that same day, March 7th, by walking out of the office and never returning,” the complaint states.

“The same day, Cutbirth texted some of his friends in a group chat and told them that he had been sexually harassed, and he subsequently spoke with at least one on the telephone and explained that Basabe had been sexually harassing him.”

Basabe has not replied to requests for comment about the complaint.

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].


13 comments

  • PeterH

    July 11, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Another Republican family leaves politics in disgrace!

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  • R. Bruce

    July 11, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Basabe was elected by those who wanted him. No one has to work for him. One inappropriate comment should have resulted in resignation of the entire staff. Any physical contact should have been dealt with on the spot resulting in a sizable hospital bill. House HR should not allow anyone to work for him.

  • Earl Pitts American

    July 11, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Good mornting America,
    That Black homertestical Democrat House member who was outted because he told his male staff member a few months back that he “wanted to “do” him on the top of his desk in his official House of Representatives Office located in The Capitol of The Great State of Florida” had the good sense to resign almost immeidatly.
    Now we all know “The Ronald” is very busy campaigning for POTUS. Which leaves Lutinenant Govornor Nunez with the undesirable task of “putting the boot to the @55” of this disgraceful Fabian dude. If Ms Nunez would rather avoid the unplesant task of high office I, Earl Pitts American, will be available to perform this vital duty of State in her place.
    Just to be prepaired to serve the beloved citizens of Florida I, Earl Pitts American, am putting 4 coats of KIWI wax on my pointy toed Tony Lama cowboy boots at this time so no matter what kind of stink gets on my Tony Lama’s it will wipe right off.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “At Your Service” American

    • My Take

      July 11, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      A final coat of Lysol concentrate might be in order.

      • Earl Pitts American

        July 11, 2023 at 3:23 pm

        Thank you My Take,
        I’ll pick up somw Lysol on my way over to take possesion of the office in the name of The People of Florida.
        Good lookimg out there My Take.
        Eatl Pitts American

  • Suze

    July 11, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Imagine in the legislature that passes don’t say gay bills he harasses men !

    • Earl Pitts American

      July 11, 2023 at 1:48 pm

      Good knowing stuff Suze,
      I may need to call on the services of a fine Patriot such as yourself to help me, Earl Pitts American clean out and sanatize this rude homertestical Represenative’s office down at The Capital of The Great State of Florida.
      You can keep anything valuable you find which is not property of The Great State of Florida.
      I’ll let you know right after my Tony Lama Boot meets the ‘Ole @55.
      Thank you for volunteering Beautiful Suze,
      Earl Pitts American

    • My Take

      July 11, 2023 at 2:57 pm

      The GOP legislature:
      “Drugs, buggery, and the cash,” to paraphrase Churchill.

      • My Take

        July 11, 2023 at 8:37 pm

        “Dumb, buggery, and the cash” works a bit better.

  • Troy of Helen

    July 11, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Yeah, yeah….Yuck it up, liberals. I’ve got a feeling there’s more to this story. You all might want to keep a few stones in your pocket for now.

    • My Take

      July 11, 2023 at 4:43 pm

      Fabian may just be someone going “butch” or trans and the anatomical-coupling matchup might actually be as God designed?
      Nothing in a legislature would sirprise us anymore.

  • Joe The Plumber

    July 12, 2023 at 7:23 am

    Florida is so lucky to have a man of action like Earl willing to step up to the task of providing a much needed boot to the posterior therapy in order to turn this man Fabian from the wrongness of his ways.
    We had a plumber, very simillar situation to Fabian, harrassing the helpers on the job. We took the wayward plumber out behind the shop and had a gentle, inclusive, gender appropriate conversation with him while we beat the crap out of him. He overnight became a model employee and his wife is so greatfull we cared enough to have our inclusive, gender appropriate, little therapy with him out behind the shop. Our wayward plumber is now a model employee, husband, and father to his childern. He became a deacon at his church too.
    Go Earl and help this guy Fabian. A good old fashioned @55 whipping always works wonders in a situation such as this.
    Thank you Earl and Fabian’s family will be so greatfull for your intervention.
    Joe

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