South Florida Rep Accused of Sexually Harassing Male Aides

Florida Rep. Fabian Basabe (R-Miami Beach) Photo by JR Davis.

Almost halfway into his first term, Florida Representative Fabian Basabe has become quite the story.

The South Florida Republican is a trust fund socialite and former reality television actor who narrowly won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. District 106 stretches from Miami Beach to Aventura and Basabe won by just 242 votes during an election cycle that saw Democrats take a shellacking at the ballot box.

Since taking office, Basabe has towed the party line, even on LGBT issues, which led to him being booed and heckled as a participant in the Miami Beach Pride parade. 

In June, Basabe, 45, was hit with a lawsuit by two former staffers, alleging sexual harassment, defamation and seeking $100,000 in damages. The plaintiffs — both men — describe scenes where Basabe made unwanted sexual advances. Basabe has denied the allegations, calling the suit, “ridiculous.” 

One of the aides, Nicolas Frevola, claimed earlier this year that Basabe slapped him across the face and told him to stand in the corner. State investigators found that complaint inconclusive. 

Meanwhile, Basabe’s sexual orientation remains a mystery. He is reportedly married to a woman, but in the lawsuit is quoted as telling the aides he was a “bottom” and they should be “tops.” 

The drama has not go unnoticed in Basabe’s old stomping grounds of Manhattan where last week New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher tweeted, “I knew Fabian Basabe from gay bars in NYC in the early 2000s and am rather shocked to learn he’s a ‘straight’ married Republican lawmaker in Florida who voted for the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills.”

Basabe is facing a challenge for re-election from Equality Florida senior political director Joe Saunders, a former state representative. Saunders has not issued a statement on Basabe’s predicament, but Nikki Fried, the Florida Democratic Party chair, has called for Basabe to resign immediately. 

“In light of these allegations, Fabian Basabe can no longer be entrusted with public service,” Fried said.


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