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Ex-Playboy model accuses GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy of physical abuse: reports

Former Playboy model Shera Bechard has reportedly accused top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, a former Republican National Committee (RNC) official, of subjecting her to physical abuse.

HuffPost reported on Friday that Bechard made the allegations in a complaint that remains sealed under court order. The complaint is part of a lawsuit from Bechard that claims Broidy stopped making payments on a $1.6 million nondisclosure agreement.

Bechard has said the agreement and payment required her to remain silent about an extramarital affair and subsequent pregnancy. The deal was negotiated by President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty last month to several federal charges, including campaign finance violations.

The model says Broidy began hurting her during their sexual relationship and pushed her to excessive drinking so she "would be more compliant toward his physical abuse," according to Bloomberg.

In addition to accusing the GOP fundraiser of physical abuse, Bechard alleges that the former RNC official also exposed her to herpes and emotionally abused her.

She reportedly says he told her she couldn't date or be seen with other men and that he also sought for her to depend on him financially.

Bechard also alleges that Broidy told her he admired President Trump because of his "uncanny ability to sexually abuse women and get away with it," according to the complaint.

California Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White issued a ruling Friday that allowed for Bechard's claims to be made public, Bloomberg reported.

Attorneys for Broidy told the court that the allegations should be struck from the complaint, arguing that they aren't tied to the lawsuit.

"This person tried to extract money from me by making up false, malicious and disgusting allegations," Broidy said in a statement reported by multiple outlets. "I have acknowledged making the mistake of having an affair, and I entered a confidential agreement to protect my family's privacy.

"I honored my agreement until her lawyer breached it-and then, when I failed to pay her demands, she did what blackmailers do and went public with her lies. I will vigorously defend myself against these false and defamatory allegations, and I will seek all relief available to me under the settlement agreement against her and her attorneys."

Broidy resigned from his post at the RNC in April after he admitted to paying an unnamed woman $1.6 million in 2017 after she became pregnant with his child.

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