The hit 2023 movie Sound of Freedom stunned the nation and opened the eyes of many, and put Tim Ballard, the anti-child trafficking activist and inspiration behind the movie, on the map.
According to Breitbart, Ballard is now facing allegations of sexual assault, first reported by the far-left Vice News, which cited anonymous female accusers.
Tim Ballard stepped down from his organization Operation Underground Railroad earlier this year following an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct involving seven women, anonymous sources told Vice.
Citing "sources familiar with situation," Vice reported that Ballard would take women on his anti-child trafficking trips and ultimately coerce them into sleeping or showering with him, under the guise that it was necessary to fool the human traffickers he would expose.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 19, 2023
Operation Underground Railroad told the outlet that it “retained an independent law firm to conduct a comprehensive investigation of all relevant allegations,” adding that the investigation is ongoing.
For his part, Ballard has strongly denied the allegations.
“It’s not true, nothing you hear is true," Ballard said last weekend at an event when he was questioned about the allegations.
Ballard, who is rumored to be interested running for the Utah Senate seat that will be vacated next year by Sen. Mitt Romney (R), claims that the allegations are nothing more than an attempt to disrupt his political ambitions.
Tim Ballard, whose story was told in Sound of Freedom, says sexual misconduct allegations against him are "false" and that they were timed to delegitimize his hearing before Congress and complicate a potential Senate bid. pic.twitter.com/1IzzkeJiNd
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) September 20, 2023
Many others believe it's an all-too-common theme of political opponents using the situation to dismantle a rival's political campaign.
Now the fake news says they have seven anonymous women who are accusing Tim Ballard of sexual assault.
He’s running for Senate in Utah so they’re now going to try and destroy him, too.
The media has brought back the fake #MeToo movement with a vengeance and it’s…
— Joey Mannarino (@JoeyMannarinoUS) September 19, 2023
"As with all of the assaults on my character and integrity over many years, the latest tabloid-driven sexual allegations are false," Ballard said in a statement sent to USA TODAY by The Spear Fund, an anti-human trafficking group.
He added, "They are baseless inventions designed to destroy me and the movement we have built to end the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable children."
It's important to share the news to spread the truth. Most people won't.