Ken Kurson pleads guilty in Cyberstalking case

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Ken Kurson.

A close friend of a Trump family member on Wednesday pleaded guilty in state court to charges of spying on their ex-wives amid their broken marriage.

Ken Kurson53, originally faced with a count each computer hacking and eavesdropping. this is reduced to harassment only if he does 100 hours of community service and is not arrested within a year.

The development could mark the end of a tumultuous court history for Kurson, the former editor of New York Observer and a close friend of the former President Donald Trumpson-in-law of Jared Kushner. He initially got into trouble with federal authorities after the FBI conducted a routine background check on his nomination to the board of the National Foundation for the Humanities. Prosecutors eventually charged him with cybercrime, saying he assaulted three people during their divorce. He blamed one of them, a longtime friend of more than 20 years, for ruining his marriage. Kurson threatens to destroy this person’s reputation, while also harassing the person’s spouse and co-workers/supervisors.

Prosecutors said that, under a pseudonym, Kurson filed false claims against two employers, wrote a false negative review about another’s business, and made ” unwanted contact” with two of them in late 2015 and early 2016.

That incident came to an abrupt end when outgoing President Trump pardoned him at the end of his term in January 2020. White House says Kurson’s ex-wife asked prosecutors to drop case. However, that federal action did not reach state officials and then the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance transferred the fees in August.

Manhattan prosecutors said that between September 24, 2015 and March 3, 2016, he used spyware to track his wife’s keystrokes, obtain passwords to Gmail accounts, and Her Facebook.

The office said last year: “Using spyware to track his wife’s keystrokes, Kurson obtained passwords and accessed her Gmail and Facebook accounts. “According to IP address records, Kurson used spyware from his computer at the Observer Media Group’s office on West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan, where he was serving as Editor-in-Chief, among others. another location.”

Vance decries the federal amnesty.

“We will not accept the president’s pardon as an escape card for the well-connected in New York,” he said.

Colin Kalmbacher and Matt Naham contributed to this report.

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Is there a trick we should know? Ken Kurson pleads guilty in Cyberstalking case

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