Larry Flynt Jr. is at it again.
Flynt, the 74-year-old publisher and president of Larry Flynt Productions, grew to prominence through the production of sexually graphic videos and magazines, mainly Hustler. Over his tenure as publisher, he’s run into various legal battles regarding the First Amendment and has even run for public office. He sits in a wheelchair after he was paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries he sustained in a 1978 murder attempt.
On October 15, Flynt made headlines once again when he took out a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post. He’s offering $10 million “for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump.”
“Did he make some financial quid pro quo with the Russians?” the ad asks. “Has the business of the United States been compromised to protect the business of the Trump empire? We need to flush everything out into the open.”
There’s a phone number and an email address listed on the ad for people to send in any information that could lead to Trump’s impeachment.
The $10 million offer is pocket change for Flynt, who, according to Celebrity Net Worth, has a net worth of around $500 million.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Flynt Said his Company Was worth $500 Million 3 Years Ago
Over the years, Flynt’s company has grown considerably. It now includes the Hustler television network, Hustler magazine, over 60 adult websites, a casino, a merchandising company and a strip club in Las Vegas.
“Twenty five years ago, 85 percent of profits came from paper,” Flynt said told USA Today. “Now, less than 5 percent of profits come from publishing. We’ve changed the whole economics of our company (but) we’re more sound than we were before.”
Flynt said in 2014 that his company was planning on going public and was working with many firms to look at a possible initial public offering.
“That’s no small feat,” Flynt said to The Enquirer. “We’d just be able to raise a lot more money. We’re trying to decide whether to take the whole company public or just a portion of it. The decision hasn’t been made yet.”
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Because Hustler is a private company, it’s not required to share its revenue, but Flynt told the USA Today it’s worth somewhere around $500 million.
2. He Considered Buying the Playboy Mansion at One Point
In 2016, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner announced he was looking to sell the infamous Playboy Mansion in California. According to a report by TMZ, Flynt said the mansion was worth $40 million at the time, which was much less than the $200 million initial ask price. Because the property is “iconic,” Flynt vowed to double his offer to $80 million — with a caveat. A source told TMZ that Flynt wanted Hefner’s help in choosing the girls for Hustler and wanted him to write a column.
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Harry Mohney, who owns a company within Flynt’s Hustler Club, spoke to the New York Daily News about purchasing the mansion. He told the news outlet that Hustler would have moved its staff into the home and would host multiple parties every week for VIP guests.
Flynt wanted to turn the Playboy Mansion into the Hustler Mansion and had planned to make major renovations. But because the offer wasn’t close to the asking price, Flynt never seriously talked about purchasing the property.
3. He Offered up to $1 Million to Anyone With Evidence of Illicit Sexual Relations With a Congresman
In 1998, during the drama surrounding President Bill Clinton’s impeachment scandal, Flynt ran an advertisement similar to the Trump one in the Washington Post. He said that he would pay up to $1 million for “documentary evidence of illicit sexual relations with a Congressman, Senator or other prominent officeholder.”
In return, Flynt received damaging information on Republican Rep. Bob Livingston of Louisiana. He was set to become the Speaker of the House at the time, but resigned before doing so because of revelations he had affairs with multiple women and engaged in “raunchy” phone sex, CNN reported.
4. Offered rewards for Romney’s tax returns or tapes
Flynt was also involved during the 2012 presidential election. In identical fashion to the Livingston scandal and the recent Trump ad, Flynt took out full-page ads in The Post and USA Today announcing he’d pay “up to $1 million) for the elusive tax returns of Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
“What is he hiding?” Flynt asks in the advertisement. “Maybe, now, we’ll find out.”
Flynt’s offer included various ways to contact him with information about the financial documents. Flynt also offered $1 million a few months earlier for anyone that could give him proof that former presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
5. Flynt Once Offered Money For Casey Anthony to Pose Nude
In 2011, a few weeks after Casey Anthony was acquitted by a jury in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Flynt offered her $500,000 to pose nude for Hustler magazine. He appeared on HLN’s Nancy Grace and stated that talks were ongoing that could put her on the pages of Hustler.
Flynt told Grace that he was serious about the offer and would include the $500,000 and 10 percent of all profits made.
“If they want to get their hands on big money, they’ve got to go through me,” Flynt said when saying interviews she’d do wouldn’t compare to his offer. “You’ve got men who say, ‘Hey, I want to see her in her birthday suit.’ There may be some sick individuals, but that’s what life is all about.”