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February 27, 2012

David Brock Paid Former Boyfriend $850,000 To Settle Alleged "Blackmail" Threat; Former Boyfriend Said He'd Rat on Brock's Finances to Drudge, HuffPo

I assume this guy is a rotten bastard. Blackmailers are awful.

But what information is worth $850,000 to a man who is not rich but merely quite comfortable?

Media Matters chief David Brock paid a former domestic partner $850,000 after being threatened with damaging information involving the organization’s donors and the IRS – a deal that Brock later characterized as a blackmail payment, according to legal documents obtained by FoxNews.com.

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Grey threatened to go public about Brock and Media Matters' finances after he accused Brock in a civil suit filed in Washington of taking $170,000 in possessions, including an $8,000 Louis Vuitton suit bag, paintings, a rug, a chandelier, a painted bust of a Roman soldier and a pair of carved wooden chairs upholstered with purple fabric. Those possessions were displayed in the Washington townhouse where the couple entertained liberal movers and shakers in happier times.

Good Lord.

The onetime ladamour began emailing threats to divulge embarrassing information about MMFA's finances.

Please finish this today so I don’t have to waste my time emailing anyone – Biden, Coulter, Carlson, Huffington, Drudge, Ingraham," Grey wrote in a 2008 email.

Nearly two years later, Grey accused Brock of "financial malfeasance" and threatened to undermine Brock’s fundraising efforts.

"Next step is I contact all your donors and the IRS," Grey wrote in an email dated May 19, 2010. "This is going to stink for you if you do not resolve this now."

Brock paid $850,000 in what he himself termed "blackmail" in legal filings. He had to take out multiple mortgages to raise the sum. Later, he attempted to sue the ex-boyfriend to get the money back, accusing him of blackmail, and seeking total compensation of over four million dollars.

But they settled this fooferall under undisclosed terms.


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