Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican Senate Hopeful, Denies Kidnapping Allegations

Rand Paul (AP)
Republican Senate Hopeful Paul Rand of Kentucky Denies Kidnapping Allegations
Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul (AP)

WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky vehemently denied published accusations that he ever kidnapped or forced anyone to use drugs.

That's good news.

But the 47-year-old Senate hopeful was less direct when asked about the mysterious "Aqua Buddha," a deity to whom Paul's anonymous accuser says he made her pray.

Not so great news.

GQ published an article this week quoting an unnamed female who claims she and Paul were teammates on the Baylor University swim team about a quarter-century ago.

She told GQ that Paul and one of his buddies once blindfolded her, tied her up, drove her to their house, and tried to force her to smoke marijuana.

In the article the woman goes on to accuse the Senate hopeful and his anonymous friend, of a separate incident where she says they forced her to bow down to their god "Aqua Buddha" after kidnapping her, once again, and driving her to a creek.

In an interview with Fox News, Paul fired back at the men's magazine, saying, "I think I would remember if I'd kidnapped something and- someone - and I don't remember and I absolutely deny kidnapping anyone ever."

He also sought to discredit the magazine for a lack of journalistic integrity.

"To produce someone anonymously, and then I'm supposed to somehow respond to an anonymous person from 27 years ago, who in the end says - whoever this person was, says - we didn't do any harm to them and it was all in fun and we didn't do anything wrong- and yet it's being characterized as kidnapping, it's kind of a craziness," Paul said.

"But the thing is, is we used to have journalist ethics in our country, that you wouldn't report something from one anonymous source, particularly accusing somebody of something like that. It's so ridiculous, I don't know where to start," he said.

GQ's editor in chief, Jim Nelson, defended the story and claims the magazine  gave the Paul campaign every opportunity to defend itself and deny the allegations.

Paul says he has not ruled out a lawsuit against the magazine for describing "fictitious" events from his college days.