A married father and Louisiana politician has admitted to sexting a 17-year-old boy in 2015, but says he isn’t gay and that parts to the story are fictional.
Mike Yenni was investigated by the FBI last month over allegations he’d had an improper relationship with the teen who claims the GOP lawmaker kissed him, bought him underwear and sent racy text messages where he fantasized of having a threesome.
In an interview with Lee Zurik of Fox 8, Yenni admitted to texting the boy, saying it “was a stupid action” and a “lapse of judgment” but went on to claim the two never had any sexual contact.
“I sent inappropriate text messages,” he said. “We had some off color texts. At no time did I ever think he was not a consenting adult.”
“There are a lot of elements of that story I truly believe are certainly fictional,” he told Fox 8 without elaborating further.
“One thing that the author of that article and I can absolutely agree in is that there was no sex.”
Yenni claims that he first met the boy through a group text message, and confirmed the two met in person once, but refused to give additional details.
“He alleges a kiss,” said Zurik.
Once again, Yenni dodged the question.
“There was no sex,” he replied.
Yenni said he had refused to confirm or deny any of the allegations made in the article “line by line” since “The story was written for a monetary purpose, to win a prize. There are a ton of fictional elements in that story.”
Yenni claims that people like attorney Robert Evans — who launched a recall effort against Yenni, are using this story to exploit his “lapse in judgment” for political reasons.
“Like, in other words, what he’s trying to say in his pleadings, “He is a pedophile, he is an admitted homosexual,”” Yenni said. “And that is not true. I’ve never admitted that. It doesn’t define me either.”
“What do you mean it doesn’t define you,” Zurik asked.
“I’m not gay,” Yenni replied.
The interview can be seen below:
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