Rep George Santos confirmed in a 2011 Wikipedia post that he performed as a drag queen — and claimed he landed roles in the Disney TV series Hannah Montana and the film The Invasion “starring Uma Thurman” — which were in the film doesn’t play along.
Video obtained by allegedly shows Santos speaking in Portuguese and listing the venues where he gave “presentations” – all prominent drag venues in Rio de Janeiro.
Santos, who is under mounting pressure to resign, has called claims he “performed as a drag queen named Kitara Ravache” in Brazil around 2008 “false”. ‘insane.’
However, it was discovered that a certain Anthony Devolder – a pseudonym known to have been used by George Santos – was last edited in 2011 to indicate he had appeared in drag. George Anthony Devolder Santos is the full name of the congressman.
Although they deny it, internet sleuths seem to have found that MP George Santos – seen here in 2007 drag-look photos – confirmed in a 2011 Wikipedia post that he performed as a drag queen
The bizarre April 29, 2011 post unearthed by Politico says he did so as a teenager in Brazil under the usernames Devmaster88 and GeorgeDevolder22, with Wikipedia moderators accusing him of abusing multiple accounts.
The misspelled post says, “Anthony Devolder started first [sp] his stage life at the age of 17 as a gay nightclub [sp] DRAG QUEEN and thus won several times [sp] GAY’BEAUTY PAGENTS [sp].’
The site also claims that Santos/Devolder had cameo appearances in the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana – which is misspelled in the entry – and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
It is also said that he “shot his first film ever” with Uma Turman [sp]Chris Odanald, [sp] Melissa George, [sp] and Alicia Silverstone [sp] in the movie “THE INVASION”.
This film, released in 2007, stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. None of the people listed in the wiki entry appear in The Invasion.
As part of his career as an artist, the Wikipedia edits also claim that he met Steven Spielberg and that his career began when he met a producer on the 1996 film Independence Day.
Details of Santos’ backstory continue to unravel, has been identified in a 15-year-old photograph showing two drag queens on Brazil’s Icaraí beach.
Santos, who is under mounting pressure to resign, has called claims he “performed as a drag queen named Kitara Ravache” in Brazil around 2008 “false”. ‘insane’
The site also claims that Santos/Devolder had a cameo on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The video reportedly shows Santos in a black dress while speaking about the local Pride parade
A Brazilian drag queen named Eula Rochard told an independent journalist Marisa Kabas that she was the other person in the photo and named Santos, now 34, as her friend next to her.
But the newly minted congressman condemned the claim as “false” and accused the media of chasing “outrageous” stories.
“The recent media obsession claiming that I am or ‘performing’ as a drag queen is categorically false,” Santos wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.
“The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life as I work to deliver results. I don’t let it distract me or worry me.’
He has rejected all calls to resign, and since arriving on Capitol Hill he appears to have aligned himself with conservative lawmakers — many of whom have made opposition to community drag shows a cornerstone of their culture war platforms.
On Thursday morning, Santos hit out at claims he once performed as a drag queen in Brazil
This photo emerged on Wednesday and is said to show Santos, now 34, crossdressing in 2008
But in the 2008 photo, the person identified as Santos appears to be wearing a strapless red top or dress while sporting longer brown hair. While the photo is grainy, some makeup elements are visible.
His Democratic critics have accused Santos of hypocrisy for aligning himself with people whose ideologies view the drag community as an object of contempt.
Two acquaintances of the ailing congressman told Portal in a report late Wednesday that Santos participated in Brazilian drag shows a decade and a half ago.
One of those people was Brazilian drag performer Eula Rouchard, who claimed Santos had been involved in Rio de Janeiro’s cross-dressing scene since around 2005.
Rouchard reportedly recalled that Santos was called “Anthony” rather than “George” back then. She said she was in her late teens when she met Santos.
“Anthony Devolder” was also the name Santos used when he allegedly cheated a disabled veteran out of charity money to save his dying dog.
Santos responded to the allegation on Twitter on Thursday. The reports that I would let a dog die are shocking and insane.
The embattled newcomer to Republican Rep. George Santos of New York is under mounting pressure to resign as key details of his backstory continue to be uncovered. So far he has refused to resign
“My work in animal welfare was the work of love and hard work. In the last 24 hours I have received pictures of dogs that I have helped trim down over the years along with messages of support,” he wrote. ‘These distractions won’t stop me!’
Navy veteran Rich Osthoff, who was homeless at the time, told CNN he was connected to Santos because of his experience rescuing animals when his service dog, a pit bull named Sapphire, developed a tumor.
Santos reportedly set up a GoFundMe for the dog. But after raising $3,000, he reportedly became hard to reach and eventually disappeared with the money. The dog died.
And Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have guaranteed that Santos will have his own workload in Congress, despite growing concerns about his place on Capitol Hill.
He will serve on two committees at the 118th Congress – the Small Business Panel and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Meanwhile, Santos is under investigation by federal and state authorities, as well as a congressional ethics probe asking questions about how he came to his recent personal fortune, including the $700,000 he donated to his 2022 campaign.