Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves someone close to the Trump Family being charged with cyberstalking.
On Friday, federal prosecutors charged Ken Kurson, a close friend of the president’s son in law Jared Kushner, with cyberstalking three people and harassing two others, including a friend whom he blamed for the deterioration of his marriage.
The friend who he has blamed for his divorce works as a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, according to people familiar with the investigation, and had been friends with Kurson for more than 20 years.
He targeted her with a flood of negative Yelp reviews, threatening emails, anonymous calls to her phone and messages to Mount Sinai employees claiming she was having an affair with her boss, prosecutors said. Plus to cover his tracks, he used aliases like “Jayden Wagner” and “Eddie Train.”
The doctor told Mount Sinai that Kurson had used similar tactics against another woman who was later fired from her job as a result, the criminal complaint said. The woman filed a restraining order against Kurson.
The case is being handled by the public corruption unit of the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn. In a court appearance on Friday conducted by phone, a judge released Kurson from custody pending trial. He did not have to enter a plea.
The criminal complaint lists five unnamed individuals as victims of Kurson’s harassment. They include Kurson’s ex-wife, the Mount Sinai doctor, her boss and her boss’s wife at the time, people familiar with the investigation said. The fifth person could not be determined.
The F.B.I. gathered evidence that Mr. Kurson also installed software on someone’s computer to monitor keystrokes, the complaint said. He used aliases to contact that person’s employer to report false allegations of misconduct, according to the complaint.
The criminal investigation began after Kurson was nominated for a seat in 2018 on the humanities board, a federal body that distributes grants to museums, libraries and other cultural institutions.
After the background check turned up the allegations, Kurson withdrew from consideration for the post, The New York Times reported in 2018.
Mr. Kurson had resigned as editor of The Observer the previous year. During his four year tenure there, the newspaper endorsed Trump for president as Kurson advised his campaign. While editing the newspaper, Kurson sat in the Trump family box at the Republican National Convention