Tony Lazzaro offered underage victim money for NDA silence
MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Accused sex trafficker Tony Lazzaro faces new allegations he tried to silence a minor and her family with money. The charges are part of a federal civil lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Republican donor and strategist.
Best known for representing victims of child sexual abuse in litigation against the Catholic Church, attorney Jeff Anderson said the family first contacted his office.
After learning about the victim’s relationship with Lazzaro, he encouraged them to approach the authorities, who opened an investigation.
Anderson announced the trial at a press conference, where he claimed Lazzaro met the girl when she was just 16, using money and power to manipulate her.
“He’s not just a prominent political figure. He’s a profiteer and an evil predator,” Anderson said.
After a brief sexual encounter in 2020, Lazzaro is accused of attempting to silence the girl with a nondisclosure agreement and $ 1,000 after posting about their relationship on social media.
The victim’s father was sent to the NDA by lawyers for Lazzaro, who describes the relationship between the minor and Lazzaro as “consensual”.
“Lazzaro is so daring and believes he has so much control over this youngster and her parents and everyone around him that he admits in this document to seek silence, of course,” Anderson said.
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The lawsuit also sheds light on the relationship between Lazzaro and his accused co-conspirator, Gisela Medina.
“Gisela Medina was clearly someone who was not only Lazzaro’s recruiter, but Gisela Medina was also a facilitator and corrector,” Anderson said.
It is alleged that the two met on “Seeking Arrangement,” a dating site that previously linked young women to sugar daddies.
In exchange for money or gifts, Medina targeted girls she knew or found on social media with Lazzaro to hook up.
In response to the civil lawsuit, Lazzaro’s lawyers sent FOX 9 the following statement:
“The individuals who filed this complaint today have shown the public that their real motivation is greed. This is why these individuals attempted to extort Mr. Lazzaro in writing in 2020. Mr. Lazzaro refused to do so. extort then and refuse to be extorted today. “
Lazzaro will remain in prison until his criminal trial begins in October.
Medina is currently extradited to Minnesota from Florida by the US Marshals.