Gillum Enters Rehab After Alleged Meth Incident

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports:

Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum announced Sunday that he will be going to a rehabilitation facility. According a statement released Sunday, Gillum says he fell into a depression that led to alcohol abuse after his race for governor ended.

On Friday, Gillum was involved in a crystal meth incident in Miami Beach, Miami Beach police said. According to police, Gillum was at the Mondrian Hotel with two other men.

One man said he found Gillum in the bathroom, vomiting, while the other man was passed out on a bed, vomiting and eventually went into cardiac arrest. Miami Beach police later said they found three plastic bags that contained suspected crystal meth.

Miami’s CBS News affiliate reports:

It all began when Aldo Mejias, a 56-year-old unlicensed physician, who lives near Coral Gables, was so afraid for Travis Dyson’s life that he was forced to call 911. In a Rent Men profile, Dyson advertised his services as a gay male escort. On social media, he shared public videos and photos showing he is proud of his chiseled body.

“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines,” Gillum said in the statement he first released to The Miami Herald and later to Local 10 News.

The Miami New Times contacted Dyson and reported he said, “I personally was not celebrating a wedding. I don’t know if Gillum was in town for a wedding. He did not mention that” adding that he and Gillum have been “friends for a while.”

Gillum married his wife in 2009 and has three children. He lost the 2018 gubernatorial election to Ron DeSantis by less than half a point. He’s currently a paid contributor for CNN, which has not yet publicly reacted to the incident.