Surveillance Footage May Reveal That Orlando Shooter Had Gay Rendevous In Hotel (UPDATED)
The man seen on the footage has spoken out about the love affair between he and Mateen that lasted over two months.
Weeks after the deadly mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead, new details surrounding Omar Mateen's private life have emerged, calling into question the shooter's motivations.
Earlier this week, Univision aired an interview with a man who claims to have been Mateen's lover for two months. The man agreed to speak only under the condition that his voice and appearance were altered, and that he be referred to only as "Miguel."
According to Miguel, he and Mateen met on Grindr, and they soon became "friends with benefits." He said Mateen was "100% gay," and that his wife knew about her husband's sexual orientation.
He went on to claim that Mateen's vicious act was motivated by revenge and that he targeted gay Latino men specifically, due in part to his suspicion that he may have contracted HIV during a threesome with two Puerto Rican men.
"He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin - but he felt rejected," Miguel said. "He felt used by them. There were moments in the Pulse nightclub that made him feel really bad. Guys used him. That really affected him. I believe this crazy, horrible thing he did - that was revenge."
Though the FBI confirmed having met with Miguel, Univision couldn't verify Miguel's story. However, recently discovered video evidence is lending credence to Miguel's claims.
Miguel claimed that he and Mateen met up at a hotel between 15-20 times between November and December of last year, and TMZ has reported that video footage exists that shows Mateen speaking to a clerk at the front desk of the Ambassador Hotel before heading around the corner to the room, where Miguel says they used to regularly meet.
Only one employee at the hotel could recall ever seeing Mateen. The FBI came by Ambassador earlier this week and left with a copy of the footage.
Footage from the hotel has not yet been released, but you can watch a clip from Miguel's Univision interview below.
UPDATE: FBI has found no evidence that Omar Matten conducted a secret gay life. Read the full story here.