Gaetz had had an improper sexual encounter with a teenager and a reported investigation into alleged violations of sexual trafficking laws.
"ANC office Matt Gaetz and Luke Ball have agreed that it would be best for them to separate," Gaetz's office said in a statement. "We thank him for his time in our office, and wish him all the best for the future."
Ball has worked for Gaetz since February 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile, starting as a student in Pensacola, Florida, Regional Office and working as Director of Communications in November 2019. Last year, Ball re-founded RightLife Media, a social media company.
His resignation came after defamatory New York Times reports that Gaetz was being investigated by the Department of Justice for violating sexual trafficking laws. The Times reported that he was also accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, which Gaetz allegedly paid to go with him. The Department of Justice is investigating the situation, including whether Gaetz paid for sex with women employed online by former Seminole County, Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg, according to The Times.
In response, the Gaetz office issued a statement saying the conference had "never paid for sex" and "completely refuted all of these abnormal allegations."
Luke Ball, Congressman communications director Matt Gaetz, resigned on Friday amid allegations that Gaetz had had an improper sexual encounter with a teenager and a reported investigation into alleged violations of sexual trafficking laws.
"Matt Gaetz has never been on such websites," the office said. "Matt Gaetz values the relationship in his past and looks forward to getting married and the love of his life."
Gaetz called the allegations against him "organized crime," and said on Twitter on Twitter that a former Justice Department official wanted $ 25 million and threatened to "smear" his name.
"We have been cooperating with the state authorities in this matter ... and my father has been phoning the FBI to arrest these criminals. The leaks planted in the FBI today are aimed at disrupting the investigation," Gaetz said. "No part of the allegations against me is true."