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This ‘Shark Tank’ star claimed extortion. Then he got accused of rape and sodomy

TV personality Robert Herjavec attends the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014, in Los Angeles.
TV personality Robert Herjavec attends the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Getty Images

Negotiating business deals is the least of Robert Herjavec’s problems at the moment.

The “Shark Tank” star is the latest embattled celebrity involved in ugly sex abuse allegations. An ex is accusing him of rape and sodomy, reports TMZ.

Herjavec apparently dated Czech actress Danielle Vasinova back in 2013 while he was on the verge of divorcing his (now ex) wife, Diane Plese.

In 2015, Herjavec broke things off and started dating (now wife) dancer Kym Johnson. That’s when things went really south, according to the suit. One day, he received a letter from Vasinova’s attorney threatening to expose “graphic details of [his] deviant sexual fantasies and escapades” — if Herjavec did not make an unknown payment..

Things went quiet for a while. But in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harrassment scandal, Vasinova started upping her attempts again at getting money out of him, according to the complaint.

 

 

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The former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant ended up suing her for extortion on Monday. But hours later, Vasinova answered with a suit of her own, claiming sexual battery, domestic violence, and infliction of emotional distress.

In documents obtained by the gossip website, Vasinova alleges that the 55-year-old Croatian took her to a swinger’s club in L.A. in 2015 and made her watch as he had sexual relations with other women. When she subsequently declined to participate in sex acts, Vasinova said he became angry and pinned her to a table, ripped off her clothes and engaged in “injurious sexual intercourse and sodomy.”

It’s yet another case of he said, she said.

“The allegations are false and with the sole intent for monetary gain,” the businessman’s lawyer Lee Hutton told TMZ. “My client has had enough and will not tolerate extortion.”

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