Hunter Biden accused ex-wife Kathleen of threat to leak embarrassing pics to get divorce settlement


EXCLUSIVE: What you won’t read in memoir of Hunter’s ex: President’s son accused Kathleen of ‘blackmailing’ him into signing a divorce settlement that paid her $37,000 a MONTH by threatening to leak embarrassing photos of him to the media

  • Emails reveal Hunter Biden accused his ex-wife Kathleen of threatening to leak embarrassing pictures of him to the media if he didn’t sign a divorce settlement 
  • The allegation was made in a letter from Hunter’s divorce lawyer to Kathleen’s lawyer in March 2017 
  • The letter, obtained from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, also accused Kathleen of expecting Joe Biden to financially ‘backstop’ their divorce settlement
  • Excerpts from Buhle’s memoir set to be released next Tuesday, have been released but it’s doubtful this exchange will be in the book
  • In fact, Buhle told one publication that she ‘does not receive alimony from Hunter’
  • But emails on Hunter’s laptop show divorce settlement included an obligation for him to pay his ex $37,000 per month in perpetuity 
  • Buhle had her lawyers write angry letters when he missed payments in 2019

Hunter Biden accused his ex-wife of blackmailing him to sign a divorce settlement by threatening to leak embarrassing photos of him to the media.

The allegation was made in a letter from Hunter’s divorce lawyer to his ex-wife Kathleen’s lawyer in March 2017.

The letter, obtained by DailyMail.com from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, also accused Hunter’s ex, Kathleen Buhle, of expecting Joe Biden to financially ‘backstop’ their divorce settlement.

The news comes as Buhle’s memoir is set to be released next Tuesday.

Revelations in Buhle’s book, If We Break, include how she kicked Hunter out of their home after finding a crack pipe in their ashtray in the summer of 2015, and claims she learned of his affair with his brother’s widow in a family therapy session with her kids in November 2016.

Emails reveal Hunter Biden accused his ex-wife Kathleen of threatening to leak embarrassing pictures of him to the media if he didn't sign a divorce settlement

Emails reveal Hunter Biden accused his ex-wife Kathleen of threatening to leak embarrassing pictures of him to the media if he didn’t sign a divorce settlement

Hunter's lawyers called Kathleen's alleged threat to release compromising photos 'entirely acceptable and likely actionable under the District of Columbia's blackmail statute'. This revealing photo of Hunter was obtained from his abandoned laptop

Hunter’s lawyers called Kathleen’s alleged threat to release compromising photos ‘entirely acceptable and likely actionable under the District of Columbia’s blackmail statute’. This revealing photo of Hunter was obtained from his abandoned laptop 

 

 

Hunter claimed in emails that he learned of a 'blackmail' plot by Buhle in March 2017 amid their fraught divorce negotiations. He had his lawyer raise the claims to them in writing. 'Hunter has learned that Kathleen intends, ... to release purportedly compromising photos of Hunter to the media,' Hunter's lawyer Sarah Mancinelli wrote on March 19 2017

Hunter claimed in emails that he learned of a ‘blackmail’ plot by Buhle in March 2017 amid their fraught divorce negotiations. He had his lawyer raise the claims to them in writing. ‘Hunter has learned that Kathleen intends, … to release purportedly compromising photos of Hunter to the media,’ Hunter’s lawyer Sarah Mancinelli wrote on March 19 2017

Kathleen's lawyers denied that she had any intention to release photos of hunter to the press. 'She has every hope that the parties are able to reach a fair and equitable agreement through good faith negotiations,' the lawyer said

Kathleen’s lawyers denied that she had any intention to release photos of hunter to the press. ‘She has every hope that the parties are able to reach a fair and equitable agreement through good faith negotiations,’ the lawyer said 

People Magazine reported that Buhle told them she ‘does not receive alimony from Hunter’. But emails on Hunter’s laptop show their divorce settlement included an obligation for him to pay his ex $37,000 per month in perpetuity – and that Buhle had her lawyers write angry letters when he allegedly missed payments in 2019.

Hunter claimed in emails that he learned of a ‘blackmail’ plot by Buhle in March 2017 amid their fraught divorce negotiations. He had his lawyer raise the claims to them in writing.

Kathleen (left) reveals a number of new details about her marriage to Hunter Biden (right) in her upcoming book If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing, which will be released on June 14

Kathleen (left) reveals a number of new details about her marriage to Hunter Biden (right) in her upcoming book If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction, and Healing, which will be released on June 14 

‘Hunter has learned that Kathleen intends…to release purportedly compromising photos of Hunter to the media,’ Hunter’s lawyer Sarah Mancinelli wrote on March 19 2017.

‘The threat to release compromising photos is entirely unacceptable, and likely actionable under the District of Columbia’s blackmail statute.’

Buhle’s attorney, Rebekah Sullivan, responded that her client ‘has no intention of doing so’ – but Hunter was still suspicious.

‘So implicit in this response is that she has picture but at the moment does not intend to release them. It does not address the fact that the threat was made which is a felony in and of itself,’ he wrote to his lawyers after seeing the response.

The letter from Hunter’s lawyer also accused Buhle of relying on Joe Biden to financially back his son to get her alimony – and even spoke to the former Vice President about it.

‘Hunter has learned that Kathleen’s settlement posture is premised on her expectation that Hunter’s father will backstop any financial arrangement eventually reached between the parties,’ Mancinelli wrote. ‘Indeed, Kathleen’s expectation has even been communicated to Hunter’s father.

‘Simply put, there is no ‘blank-check.’ Any settlement must be economically feasible.

‘If Kathleen is assuming that Hunter’s father will perform Hunter’s obligations, she is woefully misinformed and that mindset will hamper our ability to bring this case to closure.’

The letter, obtained from Hunter's abandoned laptop, also accused Kathleen of expecting Joe Biden to financially 'backstop' their divorce settlement. Hunter, Kathleen, Joe and Jill Biden are pictured in 2009

The letter, obtained from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, also accused Kathleen of expecting Joe Biden to financially ‘backstop’ their divorce settlement. Hunter, Kathleen, Joe and Jill Biden are pictured in 2009 

A letter from Kathleen's lawyer to Hunter's in 2019 shows that the couple's divorce settlement included an agreement for Hunter to pay Buhle at least $37,000 per month. 'The MSA [Marital Settlement Agreement] provides that, beginning 04/01/2017, and continuing thereafter RHB shall pay to KBB $37,000 per month as Base Spousal Support,' Sullivan wrote to Mancinelli

A letter from Kathleen’s lawyer to Hunter’s in 2019 shows that the couple’s divorce settlement included an agreement for Hunter to pay Buhle at least $37,000 per month. ‘The MSA [Marital Settlement Agreement] provides that, beginning 04/01/2017, and continuing thereafter RHB shall pay to KBB $37,000 per month as Base Spousal Support,’ Sullivan wrote to Mancinelli

The lawyer also warned that a Washington Post writer was working on a story about them, and asked Buhle to promise not to speak to her.

A friend of Buhle who has known her and Hunter for decades told DailyMail.com the claims of blackmail were ‘patently untrue’.

The friend, who asked not to be named, said the president’s son made the claims ‘because he was a f***ing crackhead.’

‘[Hunter was] literally a f***ing crackhead. A drug addict, an alcoholic, a depraved, sick, pathetic, sad individual going through the worst moment of his personal life,’ the source said.

‘He was in a bitter, acrimonious divorce proceeding with his wife and he was saying and doing anything he could to try to weasel his way out of his obligations with respect to settling that divorce.’

DailyMail.com last year commissioned top cyber forensics experts to analyze the data from Hunter's laptop and confirm the laptop's contents were real. This photo was obtained from the laptop

DailyMail.com last year commissioned top cyber forensics experts to analyze the data from Hunter’s laptop and confirm the laptop’s contents were real. This photo was obtained from the laptop 

People Magazine reported Wednesday that 'Buhle says she does not receive alimony from Hunter and that there was no windfall divorce settlement.' But in a January 2019 email to Hunter's lawyer, she wrote: 'Is there an update on my alimony?' Buhle was concerned at the time because she had allegedly not received scheduled spousal support payments from her ex

People Magazine reported Wednesday that ‘Buhle says she does not receive alimony from Hunter and that there was no windfall divorce settlement.’ But in a January 2019 email to Hunter’s lawyer, she wrote: ‘Is there an update on my alimony?’ Buhle was concerned at the time because she had allegedly not received scheduled spousal support payments from her ex

Kathleen and Hunter were married from 1993 and 2017 and share three daughters

Kathleen and Hunter were married from 1993 and 2017 and share three daughters

People Magazine reported that ‘Buhle says she does not receive alimony from Hunter and that there was no windfall divorce settlement.’

But in a January 2019 email to Hunter’s lawyer, she wrote: ‘Is there an update on my alimony?’

Buhle was concerned at the time because she had allegedly not received scheduled spousal support payments from her ex.

A letter from her lawyer to Hunter’s a week later shows that the couple’s divorce settlement included an agreement for Hunter to pay Buhle at least $37,000 per month.

‘The MSA [Marital Settlement Agreement] provides that, beginning 04/01/2017, and continuing thereafter RHB shall pay to KBB $37,000 per month as Base Spousal Support,’ Sullivan wrote to Mancinelli.

Sullivan claimed that Hunter had failed to make the payments, hand over financial information or ‘failed to reasonably cooperate’ with Buhle when the IRS slapped a lien for Hunter’s unpaid taxes on an Indiana lake house property she got in the divorce.

The letter says that their divorce agreement also provides for extra payments to Buhle if Hunter earned over $875,000 in a given year.

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