The quotes are few. Note, the FBI has announced that they have found no evidence of Mateen being gay, including no photographs, no text messages, no computer links, no apps, no accessing of gay dating sites, according to the LA Times.
ORLANDO — A man who says he was Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s gay lover is speaking out following the attack on Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead, and dozens more injured.
In an interview with Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas, the man — who was called “Miguel” to protect his identity — said he first met Mateen on the gay dating app Grindr.
Univision reported the FBI told the network that investigators have spoken with this man, but a law enforcement official would neither confirm nor deny this to CBS News.
The official told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that Mateen was a frequent user of online dating sites seeking relationships with both men and women.
Men and women have come forward to the FBI claiming to have had a relationship with Mateen, according to the law enforcement official, and all of those claims are being investigated.
Miguel said in an interview with Univision that Mateen, who was killed by police during the rampage on the Pulse nightclub early on June 12, was gay. He described his relationship with Mateen as “friends with benefits.”
He said the sexual relationship lasted about two months, and they met at a hotel in Orlando between 15 and 20 times.
Miguel told Univison that he believes Mateen intentionally targeted Latinos in retribution for feeling rejected by Puerto Ricans.
“I believe this is not terrorism,” Miguel said, despite investigators saying Mateen called 911 and posted to Facebook to pledge allegiance to ISIS during the rampage.
Rather, Miguel claimed Mateen was acting on revenge after being with a Puerto Rican man whom he later learned was HIV positive.
“He hate gay Puerto Ricans for all the stuff he did to him,” Miguel said. “I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was for revenge.“
Miguel said that Mateen’s wife knew he was gay, and that his father forced him into an arranged marriage.
Miguel added that he and Mateen also talked about religion.
“He said Muslim religion is beautiful, beautiful religion, where everything is about love,” he said. “Everybody is welcome. Gay, trans, bisexual… everybody.“
Miguel said that Mateen never appeared to be violent and had a “threesome” with someone infected with HIV.
“He was looking for love,” Miguel said. “He was looking to be embraced.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that we are to fight terror with love.
The FBI said he had “cased” the club, while former senior FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole told CBS News that doesn’t seem likely.
“This to me suggests somebody that may have had sexual identity issues and may have actually been struggling with the idea that he himself was gay and thatwould add a different motive and a different perspective on the case,” O’Toole said.