21 Men Accuse Lincoln Project Co-Founder of Online Harassment – Jan 31, 2021 New York Times
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – News reporter Alex Peterson of ABC27 has gone public with accusations of sexual harassment against John Weaver, founder of the Lincoln Project.
According to Peterson, Weaver randomly befriended him through personal messages. Peterson published the messages on Twitter.
In the messages Weaver flirted with Peterson, asking about his new haircut, and enticed Peterson with the mention of Jeff Zucker.
Eventually Weaver spiced up the conversation by asking Peterson what he likes to do for fun after having five, or six cocktails.
In his statement today, Peterson claimed that eventually the messages became too creepy and he stopped responding.
According to the New York Times, John Weaver is a longtime political strategist and co-founder of the prominent anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project. For years he sent unsolicited and sexually provocative messages online to young men, often while suggesting he could help them get work in politics, according to interviews with 21 men who received them.
His solicitations included sending messages to a 14-year-old, asking questions about his body while he was still in high school.
Transcripts of Weaver’s conversation with Peterson: