Democratic House candidate apologizes for drunken tirade at kids’ sleepover
A Democratic candidate running for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District has issued an apology for blacking out and verbally abusing teenage girls at a middle school sleepover.
Abby Broyles, a former journalist and lawyer, was invited to attend the Valentine’s Day get-together by the host, with whom she is friends. But when Broyles began drinking wine, things quickly went South.
Broyles “began insulting the children with profanities and at one point vomited into a hamper and on one girl’s shoes,” KFOR News explained on Friday. “Other mothers have also corroborated that same story, claiming that Broyles arrived at the Valentine’s sleepover at the invitation of the homeowner. Matthews said she dropped off her 12-year-old daughter with a group of girls. She said she never expected anything like this to happen though.”
Sarah Matthews, whose daughter was one of the guests, told KFOR that “she proceeded to tell me that Abby Broyles had been at the house and was very drunk and calling them all mfer’s, f’er this f’er that” and that “[Broyles] called somebody acne f’er, somebody Hispanic f’er, called my daughter judgey f’er for not wanting to sleep with a blanket that she cleaned up wine with.”
Matthews added that “you don’t speak to any human that way, let alone a little girl who’s 12 to 13. That can really change how a little girl views herself for the rest of her life.”
Another parent recalled to KFOR over the phone that her “daughter was brought to tears” by Broyles’ behavior.
“She said Broyles came to apologize to her daughter that night, but that Broyles was too drunk to talk and instead vomited. The homeowner, who told us she didn’t want her name released, tells us that this happened at her home and that she’d never seen Broyles like that in the past. This led her to reach out to parents the following day and share her concerns over the disruption,” KFOR reported.
Matthews said that Broyles “needs to validate what those kids felt and just say I’m sorry and acknowledge how out of line she was.”
Matthews also shared her outrage in a series of tweets on Wednesday afternoon.
"Since it’s been five days and you have neglected to reach out to any of the young ladies (12 & 13 yr olds, including my daughter) you verbally and emotionally abused last weekend, I thought I would give you a chance to try to apologize (at a minimum) here. For someone who pontificates to be undyingly pro-woman, I am disgusted by your behavior and find it appalling you couldn’t understand why their parents are angry. Your vile, cruel, and bigoted behavior should not be excused or ‘swept under the rug,'" Matthews wrote.
For someone who pontificates to be undyingly pro woman, I am disgusted by your behavior and find it appalling you couldn\u2019t understand why their parents are angry. Your vile, cruel, and bigoted behavior should not be excused or \u2018swept under the rug\u2019. 2/4— Sarah Matthews (@Sarah Matthews) 1645038558
"Not only did you scare and traumatize these beautiful girls with your words, you ruined a pair of their shoes with your vomit! (Which she saved up to buy with her own money!) Considering how much you bragged about how 'rich and successful' you are to these children," Matthews continued, "surely you can afford to replace her shoes!"
surely you can afford to replace her shoes! @RepBice @koconews @NEWS9 @TheLostOgle 4/4— Sarah Matthews (@Sarah Matthews) 1645038559
On Friday, Broyles shared her side of the story in an interview with KFOR reporter Kevin Ogle.
A transcript of their conversation is below.
Abby, how did you wind up at a slumber party for middle school girls? That’s not a typical venue for a candidate who’s running for Congress?
I was invited. By one of my great friends, Cassidy. My friend, from law school, to her house to be there while she was hosting a Valentine’s Day sleepover for her daughter, who…I’m also close with. She was the only parent there that night and we’re good friends and I’m over at the house quite a bit. I’ve known them for years and so it was no big deal for me to go and stay during a sleepover, and the girls and I had a great time. I think there’s a TikTok video out there of us at the beginning.
In the past 24 hours, there’s been a lot of documentation about what happened out there. If, from what I’ve read, that’s not the Abby Broyles I worked with at Channel 4. What happened?
She asked me to come over. She asked me to bring some wine. We had wine and sushi and a couple of hours later, we were upstairs in their theater room watching a movie.
For years I have struggled with stress and anxiety and insomnia. I took the bar exam on 2 hours of sleep. I mean, this is how far this goes back for me. And she knows that. And she gave me a medication I had never taken before. And I had an adverse reaction. Instead of helping me sleep, I hallucinated. And I don’t remember anything until I woke up or came to, and I was throwing up in a hamper.
So you’re saying the wine and the medication you were given reacted in a way that you behaved in a way that you usually wouldn’t and you don’t remember?
I don’t. I remember starting to hallucinate, and the rest is just blurry. I just remember opening my eyes, and I had gotten sick in this hamper and I didn’t know where I was. It was the most awful experience that I’ve had.
I’m not saying you’re not being truthful, but, you know, there are people out there watching right now saying, “Come on. She blacked out and doesn’t remember.” What do you say to those people?
First of all, I want to apologize to the families again, and for people who say I just blacked out and I’m making this up, you don’t know me. I would never ever say anything hurtful. I’ve never, ever would say something hurtful like those things. And that’s why I know I was not in my right mind. I know that that’s what happened because of that combination of things. And I deeply, deeply regret it.
Do you have a problem with any kind of substance, alcohol, or anything like that? Do you feel like you do?
Let me just say this. You were a little girl that age at one time. You remember what it’s like in middle school. What would you like to say to those young girls?
I want to say sorry from the bottom of my heart, I apologize for any hurt or damage or trauma that my behavior, when I didn’t know what I was doing, caused. I’m deeply sorry.
Now, let’s talk about some of the reports because initially, you didn’t say you were there, but now you say you were. Why did you originally deny it?
Well, I was misquoted in the Nondoc article. I never told them – this was on a phone call – and I never told them that I wasn’t there. I said it didn’t happen because he was asking about these allegations. And I had no idea because, again, I don’t remember this episode at all.
Well, it seems like this may have damaged the campaign beyond repair. How do you feel about that?
I deeply regret what happened because of the people who it affected. I’ll be okay no matter what happens, but as far as this campaign, I’m never going to stop fighting for Oklahomans, whether it’s in this race or fighting for the cause some other way.
Watch the full interview here:
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