A man who says he slept with Omar Mateen, the killer of 49 patrons of Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, believes the mass murderer didn’t do the deed out of any allegiance to ISIL/ISIS, but acted out of revenge in the wake of finding out one of his partners was HIV positive.
The man, who went by the name of “Miguel,” told the Univision TV network that he and Mateen were “friends with benefits.”
He claims they met on a gay dating website and the tryst lasted two months until last December, during which time they met between 15 and 20 times at a hotel in Orlando.
Mateen may have pledged allegiance to ISIS at the time of the attack, but Miguel is sure that wasn’t his motivation.
“I’ve cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge.”
Miguel, who wore a disguise and had his voice altered for the interview, said Mateen also had sex with two Puerto Rican men, one of whom he later discovered was HIV positive, and that he became “terrified.”
“He hated gay Puerto Ricans for all the stuff they did to him. I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was for revenge.
“When I asked him what he was going to do now his answer was: ‘I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me’.”
Maria Salinas, the so-called “Voice of Hispanic America,” conducted the interview for Univision.
The network said it had confirmed with the FBI that they were speaking to “Miguel.”