lorida man identifying himself as a “friend with benefits” of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen told Univision on Tuesday that his assault was an act of revenge.
“Pulse is where he was hurt the most,” the man told network anchor Maria Elena Salinas. “From the conversations we had, Pulse is where he felt used, rejected. He frequented that club because, as I said earlier, he liked the Latinos.”
The man, who identified himself as “Miguel,” appeared on camera in heavy makeup and his voice was dubbed. Univision confirmed his allegation that he had met with federal officials following the massacre, in which Mateen killed nearly 50 people and left more than 50 others injured.
“Why don’t you want to reveal your identity?” Salinas asked.
“The first thing that will happen is, his father won’t like what I’m saying,” he replied. “Second, ISIS will be after me.”
According to Miguel, he met Mateen through a gay dating site and had between 15 and 20 encounters with him at a local hotel during the last three months of 2015. Univision reported that a hotel staffer confirmed that Miguel stayed there during that time period, and also said Mateen “looked familiar.”
However, Miguel said, Mateen never identified himself by his real name, and instead described himself as a married man with two children. Miguel told Univision that he believed Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, was aware of the relationship and that the marriage was a way for him to cover up his sexuality.
“We had oral sex,” Miguel said. “As far as the other kind, there was an attempt. But when he told me he didn’t use condoms and that he didn’t want me to use them, I put a stop to it.”
Miguel described their relationship as “friends with benefits,” and said that Mateen was “100 percent” gay, Univision reported. He said he was shocked to hear Mateen was the shooter, and described him as “affectionate” and “sweet.” Mateen loved to be cuddled, Miguel added.
He also told Univision that Mateen’s rage about Puerto Rican gay men might have stemmed from a sexual incident in which Mateen had sex with two Puerto Rican men, one of whom later revealed that he was HIV positive.
“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.”
Mateen was “terrified” of being HIV positive, Miguel said.
“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,'” he added.