Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, is being accused of engaging in a months-long sexual relationship with Ty Whelly, a married 24-year former Marine and bodybuilder who lives in the Washington, DC area. Whelly says that he met Warren earlier this year through a website, Cowboys4Angels, where she is alleged to have offered to compensate him for sex.
That accusation was made public earlier this week, but Warren has not commented to media outlets about it, and the major cable television networks have largely blockaded the story.
The media blackout comes at a time when the #MeToo discourse, often pushed by left-leaning media organizations, has catalyzed an avalanche of journalism that has crushed the careers of men in similar positions. Observers say it raises questions of media bias against Republicans and against men.
Whelly, a personal fitness instructor and bodybuilder, has a social media presence on Instagram and Facebook. He came public with allegations at a press conference organized by conservative political operative Jacob Wohl.