Lawsuit: GOP donor used wealth, political connections to coerce teen into sex
Lawsuit says GOP donor coerced her into sex; attorney denies claims
September 8, 2021
Minnesota GOP donor Anton Lazzaro used his wealth and political connections to coerce a 16-year-old into sex and then attempted to pay her family for their silence, according to allegations in a new lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul-based attorney well-known for suing the Catholic Church for child abuse, announced the lawsuit at a news conference, calling 30-year-old Lazzaro an audacious predator who served as "ringmaster" of the sex-trafficking enterprise. The girl posted allegations about Lazzaro on social media in July 2020, and Lazzaro proposed paying her and her parents $1,000 in "hush money" to sign a nondisclosure agreement, according to the lawsuit.
Instead, the family reached out to Anderson's firm, which helped them report the behavior to law enforcement, said Anderson.