A retired University of South Carolina professor with a long history of opposing gay rights is facing allegations of hypocrisy after multiple media outlets reported claims Wednesday he hired a male prostitute for a 10-day European vacation.
Dr. George Alan Rekers, Distinguished Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science Emeritus at the USC School of Medicine, was spotted leaving Miami International Airport on April 13 with a 20-year-old man, the Miami New Times reports. The paper claims Rekers hired the man on rentboy.com, a web site that connects gay escorts with clients.
Rekers denies hiring the man for sex and claimed he was unaware of his companion's profession when he hired him, the paper reports.
"I had surgery," Rekers told the Miami New Times, "and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him."
Rekers did not immediately respond to a WACH Fox interview request.
USC spokeswoman Margaret Lamb said Rekers retired from the university in 2005. His biography was removed from the school's website Thursday morning.
Rekers, who is also an ordained Baptist minister, co-founded the conservative Family Research Council with Christian activist James Dobson in 1983. The Family Research Council website states the group "believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large."
Rekers' name has also been removed from the council's website. The group did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to why.
Rekers is also the author of "Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality," and serves on the board of a national group that argues homosexuality can be "cured" through therapy. Rekers' testimony was also used to successfully defend a legal challenge to a Florida law that bans homosexuals from adopting children.
According to Rekers' USC faculty biography, he specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of sexual disorders.
Wednesday afternoon, Rekers denied the allegations via a statement posted on his website, professorgeorge.com, and described the claims as "misleading innuendo.