Valiant News has obtained a recording in which a Georgia massage therapist accuses U.S. House candidate Mike Collins, a Republican, of propositioning her for a sexual act during a massage therapy appointment.
The alleged incident took place in March of this year, roughly six months after Collins launched his current political campaign. Collins, through his lawyer, ultimately totally denied all of the allegations made in the recording 18 hours after Valiant News contacted the campaign for comment.
It allegedly occurred at a McDonough area massage parlor, according to the recording, and ended when, according to the massage therapist, she told Collins that she does not perform sex work. She also claimed he was banned from the facility. Valiant News understands that the massage therapist later stopped performing services at that location, and that stakeholders for the massage parlor refused to confirm or deny that the incident occurred.
Valiant News has established the provenance of the recording. According to the recording, it was Collins’ second appointment with the massage therapist.
“I just had an eerie feeling about him,” she said in the recording. “But I’m a professional, I do my job.”
At their second appointment, she alleges in the recording, Collins began “grinding on the table” and ultimately attempted to expose his erect penis to the professional.
“You don’t expose yourself on the table, like, you come to me for a reason,” the massage therapist said in the recording. “If you have a massage therapy session, you come for a reason. You don’t begin to expose your body, the only thing you expose is the area that we touch.”
“This is not the place for that,” said the woman while being recorded. “I’m a professional.”
The massage therapist claimed that, after grinding his penis against the table, Collins began to lower the white sheet used to cover his body toward his groin area.
“He began to, he took the sheet from up here, pushed it all the way down, just ready to expose his penis at that time,” the massage therapist claimed in the recording. She claimed that she “stopped him a couple of times.”
“Unfortunately it happened, it is what it is. I don’t have anything to gain,” she claimed at one point in the recording.
Collins apparently apologized for the incident, according to the massage therapist, but she added that he was asked to leave the premises and told not to return.
“No he can’t come back. He’s not welcome back,” she said in the recording.
The massage therapist requested to remain anonymous to protect her identity for fear of reprisal. Collins is a business owner in Georgia, and has personally loaned his current political campaign at least $465,000 since his business received a forgivable $920,000 PPP loan from the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Valiant News understands that at least three people deeply invested in Georgia politics, including an elected member of the Georgia legislature, heard rumors about this incident earlier this year but were unable to confirm whether it occurred.
We spoke to one such individual via phone, who told Valiant News that they first learned of the rumor in April, but did not learn of the recording until this week. Another such individual who is prominent in Georgia politics confirmed hearing the rumor.
Valiant News called one other high profile individual in Georgia politics to confirm whether they knew of the alleged incident, and did not hear back in time for publication. The massage parlor where the alleged incident occurred did not return a phone call. Collins’ lawyer denied the claims made on the recording, telling Valiant News that the “allegations are false” and the recording does not contain “a scintilla of truth.”
Collins, who is married, has referenced 17-year-old rape allegations made against his Trump-endorsed opponent, Vernon Jones, throughout his campaign. Jones was accused of rape in 2005, but he was never criminally charged.
This week Jones filed a report with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office over a tweet published by Collins’ Twitter account which showed Jones’ name superimposed on a rape whistle next to a handgun.
He and Jones are currently embroiled in a tight run-off race after neither candidate received 50% of the vote during the Georgia Republican primary. Collins came in first, with around 25% of the vote, while Jones came in second with around 21% of the vote.
The runoff election will be held on June 21, and early voting has started.
Today, Collins received the endorsement of Gov. Brian Kemp more than 12 hours after Valiant News made contact with the Collins campaign. This publication waited nearly 19 hours to publish this article while awaiting comment.
Valiant News has not released the audio recording to help preserve the anonymity of the massage therapist who made the claims about Collins, and may release it at a later date.