David Brock paid gay lover $850 thousand in hush money
Brock's former domestic partner threatened to spill the goods on Media Matters donors and some IRS trouble unless he ponied up the blackmail cash.
In an acrimonious lawsuit settled at the end of last year, Brock accused William Grey of making repeated threats to expose him to the "scorn or ridicule of his employees, donors and the press in demanding money and property." Brock claimed in legal papers that he sold a Rehoboth Beach, Del., home he once shared with Grey in order to meet Grey's demands, which he called "blackmail" in the lawsuit.
Brock, 49, heads the non-profit Media Matters for America, which bills itself as a watchdog of the conservative media but has recently come under fire for allegedly coordinating with Democrats in what could be a violation of its tax-exempt status.
Brock's bitter legal battle with Grey, who is described in a Sept. 14, 2010, police report obtained by FoxNews.com as his domestic partner of more than 10 years, began after Brock began dating Washington, D.C., restaurant impresario James Alefantis about five years ago. For the next three years, Brock and Grey traded angry accusations, which were documented in the police report and were the foundation of a pitched legal battle replete with charges of blackmail, theft and financial malfeasance.
Alefantis was also named as a defendant in Grey's lawsuit.
In his response to Brock's lawsuit, Grey "denies that he committed any "acts of blackmail.""
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.
The left has been rallying around Brock in the wake of the Daily Caller series exposing the group's close to ties to the White House and the Democratic party. Will they continue to support Brock after the revelations regarding such sleaze?
I'm kidding of course. This has already become a non-news event. As has all the connections between Media Matters and Democrats as they coordinate attacks on conservative media outlets and personalities.
The real problem is the vast right wing conspiracy, funded by the Kochs, and pushed by Fox News. Now that we've got that straight, only one question; Isn't blackmail illegal?