Ex-Playboy model’s lawsuit against Elliott Broidy unsealed

Ex-Playboy model’s lawsuit against Elliott Broidy unsealed

Former Playboy model Shera Bechard claims she was pregnant with former Republican National Committee (RNC) official Elliot Broidy's child when lawyer Michael Cohen was contacted to "solve" her problem, according to newly unsealed documents.

Bechard is currently suing Broidy, her former attorney Keith Davidson and Stormy Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti. The lawsuit revolves around Broidy's $1.6 million payment to ,and non-disclosure agreement with, Bechard, which was set up by Cohen. Bechard says the agreement and the payment required her to remain silent about the extramarital affair and subsequent pregnancy.

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In the lawsuit, which a California state judge unsealed on Tuesday, Bechard accuses Broidy of breaching his contract by stopping installment payments on the deal after details of their affair were leaked to Avenatti, according to Bloomberg News.

While parts of her lawsuit still remain redacted, most of Bechard’s complaint against Broidy was made public. 

"Unknown to Ms. Bechard, Mr. Davidson and Mr. Cohen were well acquainted with one another, having worked together on projects including the hush money deal between porn star Stormy Daniels (represented by Mr. Davidson) and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE (represented by Mr. Cohen)," the lawsuit reads.

The lawsuit also accuses Bechard's lawyer, Davidson, of treating her as a "commodity."

"Despite his fiduciary and ethical duties to his client, Mr. Davidson treated Ms. Bechard’s claims as a commodity to be traded for his own financial gain," the lawsuit claims. "The agreement allegedly called for 35 percent of the hush payment to go to Davidson."

Bloomberg reports that Bechard is also seeking a court order that would force Davidson to disgorge $140,000 in fees he accepted for his work in the former model's case. 

Among other things, Bechard claims in the lawsuit that Davidson's representation was so poor that the final deal he made included a part that barred her from having a copy of the agreement.

"No reasonable lawyer would have recommended that Ms. Bechard sign the settlement agreement, and no properly informed client in her position would have agreed," she said.

The development on Tuesday comes about a month after Bechard sued Broidy, Davidson and Avenatti. The lawsuit comes after Broidy alleged this week that Davidson disclosed details about the agreement to Avenatti this spring.

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.