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Hush Money

A bribe given in exchange for silence. That is, hush money is given to prevent a party from reporting a criminal. Hush money is common in organized crime, financial crime and other illegal acts.
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VENTURA - Appearing reluctant to negotiate a hush-money deal, Century City attorney John Reiner ultimately asked high-profile lawyer Ed Masry for $310,000 on behalf of the ex-husband and ex-boyfriend of Erin Brockovich, court records released Wednesday show.
But Elizabeth Hlinko's attempt to squeeze hush-money out of Branson was angrily rejected by the millionaire, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.
The superstar, 65, also revealed that he paid tens of thousands of dollars to his housekeeper Mildred "Patty" Baena, 51, when he learned she was the mother of his love child Joseph, now 15 - but denied that he gave her hush-money.
Starr, who investigated hush-money payments to Hubbell, did not list that as one of the counts of his impeachment referral to Congress.