Sitora Yusufiy, the ex-wife of Orlando terrorist, Omar Mateen, said Monday that she believed he was homosexual. Her comment comes on the heels of the announcement that Mateen frequented the gay nightclub where he killed 49 people and wounded many others.
Sitora Yusufiy was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months. She made her claim on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil.
Yusufiy said Mateen had “gay tendencies” and that his father had called him gay in front of her. She claims “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media.”
A male former classmate of Omar Mateen said he had been asked out romantically by the terrorist, who reportedly was a regular at the Pulse nightclub.
The former classmate said he and Mateen would hang out at gay clubs and that one time Mateen asked him out romantically, according to the Palm Beach Post.
“We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,” the former classmate told the paper.
The classmate told the paper he thought Mateen was gay and in the closet.
“It’s the same guy,” Chris Callen, a drag queen who performs under the name Kristina McLaughlin, told the Canadian Press. “He’s been going to this bar for at least three years.”
Callen’s husband, Ty Smith, recalled seeing a drunk Mateen being escorted from the club. “Sometimes he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” he told the Orlando Sentinel.
At least four Pulse patrons recalled seeing Mateen at least a dozen times in the past. But authorities said they had no further information when asked about the sightings on Monday.
“[He’d get] really, really drunk,” Smith told the Canadian Press. “He couldn’t drink when he was at home — around his wife, or family. His father was really strict . . . He used to bitch about it.”
Callen and Smith said they both stopped speaking to Mateen when he threatened them with a knife, after someone made a joke about religion.
“He ended up pulling a knife,” Callen explained. “He said if he ever messed with him again, you know how it’ll turn out.”
They also shot down claims made by Mateen’s father who said the terrorist had freaked out after seeing two men kissing each other in public.
“That’s bullcrap, right there. No offense. That’s straight-up crap. He’s been around us,” Smith said. “Some of those people did a little more than (kiss) outside the bar … He was partying with the people who supposedly drove him to do this?”
Kevin West, another regular at Pulse, told the Los Angeles Times that Mateen used gay dating apps on a regular basis and even messaged him on a gay dating app, Jack’d.
He even saw Mateen an hour before the shooting.
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