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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

On Friday, documents relating to the lawsuit against Republican megadonor and former RNC Deputy Finance Chair Elliott Broidy by former mistress and Playboy centerfold Sasha Bechard were unsealed, revealing some lurid allegations.

One of the most interesting: that Broidy allegedly demanded Bechard have an abortion.

The Daily Beast summarized some of the key details of the accusations:

Broidy’s attorneys filed a motion in July to redact parts of Bechard’s complaint that contain explosive allegations against him. A judge agreed and redacted portions of Bechard’s complaint this summer.

Broidy’s motion, however, contains the redacted allegations.

They include Bechard’s claim that Broidy compelled to her to have an abortion; that he refused to wear a condom; and that he had sex with Bechard “without telling her he had genital herpes.” In addition, Broidy allegedly told Bechard he had prostate cancer and that he was unwilling to have his prostate removed “because it would stop him from having sex, which he told her was more important to him than life itself.”

Bechard also claims that she was scared of Broidy because he carried a gun in his car and “had told her that he knew people who could make other people disappear.” She alleges that Keith Davidson—her former attorney who negotiated the hush-money agreement—told her that Broidy would sue her for child support if she kept the baby and that Bechard should “be very very careful.”

The complaint also alleges that Broidy said he wanted to “skull f–k” her, and pushed her to drink heavily “so that she would be more compliant toward his physical abuse.”

Broidy vehemently denies all of these claims and has reportedly threatened to counter-sue. His attorneys state in the unsealed motion that, “Given that even plaintiff cannot now conceive of any possible connection between these salacious allegations and her claims, the Court should strike them without further consideration.”

Bechard’s suit seeks to free her from a $1.6 million hush money agreement she agreed to following their affair — a tactic that was also employed by President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who last month pleaded guilty to several federal crimes.

Broidy, a huge Trump supporterresigned from his role at the RNC in April after initial reports of the payoff emerged.

Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.

 

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)