The Latest: New Hampshire lawmaker says he’s being extorted

October 29, 2018 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit against a New Hampshire state lawmaker (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

A New Hampshire state lawmaker accused of assault in a civil lawsuit in California says he’s the victim of an extortion attempt.

State Rep. Frank Sapareto was sued by Jonathan Carter of Simi Valley. Carter said he and Sapareto were business partners in the making of an adult film that Sapareto produced and appeared in.

Carter said Sapareto was upset with how the filming went and hit him.

Sapareto said Monday he never assaulted Carter and only worked with him to produce tourism promotion films. He says Carter later called him to demand money.

Carter’s attorney says his client has hours of footage from the adult film featuring Sapareto.

Police investigated the incident but no charges were brought. In a police report, authorities said Sapareto told them he was involved in making an adult film. Sapareto said police misinterpreted comments he had made about Carter.


1:25 p.m.

Authorities say Southern California prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against a New Hampshire state lawmaker accused in a lawsuit of assault.

Simi Valley police Sgt. Steve Shorts said Monday the Ventura County district attorney’s office found there was insufficient evidence to charge state Rep. Frank Sapareto.

The Republican lawmaker has denied the allegations in a lawsuit by a California man who claims the two were business partners making adult films.

Jonathan Carter said in a lawsuit filed last week that Sapareto assaulted him in June after becoming upset with his experience starring in the film.

Shorts says police issued a misdemeanor battery citation to Sapareto after Carter reported the alleged attack and referred the case to prosecutors. Shorts says prosecutors declined to charge him.


12:19 p.m.

A California man who claims he was producing a porn film starring a New Hampshire lawmaker has filed a lawsuit accusing the politician of assault.

Jonathan Carter of Simi Valley sued Friday seeking unspecified damages following a June incident he claims involved state Rep. Frank Sapareto.

The Republican legislator from Derry, New Hampshire, denied the allegations or knowing Carter.

The suit says Carter and Sapareto formed a partnership to make adult movies and Sapareto would star in the first film. It says Sapareto filmed scenes for the movie in California but became upset with how they went and the next day assaulted Carter at his home.

Carter’s attorney says police issued Sapareto a misdemeanor battery citation and no criminal charges have been filed.


Ramer reported from Concord, New Hampshire.