Shark Tank star faces law­suit over rape claims

Robert Her­javec de­nies al­le­ga­tions, says ex-girl­friend is bit­ter over 2015 breakup

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Shark Tank Cana­dian star Robert Her­javec is be­ing sued by his ex-girl­friend for re­peated rape just hours after the busi­ness­man sued her for at­tempt­ing to ex­tort him over false claims of sex­ual as­sault.

Her­javec’s ex, Danielle Vasi­nova, whom he dated from 2013 to 2015, is su­ing for sex­ual bat­tery, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and in­flic­tion of emo­tional dis­tress, after claim­ing that the CEO re­peat­edly raped and sodom­ized her, TMZ re­ports.

She al­leges that Her­javec took her to an un­der­ground sex club in Los An­ge­les in 2015. Vasi­nova claims she de­nied par­tic­i­pat­ing when asked by Her­javec and he be­came an­gry, took off her clothes, force­fully held her down by her face and en­gaged in “in­ju­ri­ous sex­ual in­ter­course and sodomy,” ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments ob­tained by TMZ. Vasi­nova also claims there were other in­stances of sex­ual as­sault, the suit claims.

Her suit comes just hours after Her­javec filed a law­suit against her, claim­ing she was try­ing to ex­tort him for mil­lions of dol­lars with false ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual as­sault.

Her­javec’s lawyer told TMZ in a state­ment: “The al­le­ga­tions are false and with the sole in­tent for mon­e­tary gain. My client has had enough and will not tol­er­ate ex­tor­tion.”

Vasi­nova was re­port­edly seek­ing $20 mil­lion from the busi­ness­man for her si­lence and later low­ered it to $5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Her­javec’s suit ob­tained by TMZ.

Her­javec, who owns a man­sion in Toronto’s Bri­dle Path, says in his law­suit that Vasi­nova is bit­ter over his choice to end their re­la­tion­ship.

The star of Shark Tank and its Cana­dian equiv­a­lent, Dragons’ Den, al­leged Vasi­nova in­vited him to the sex club and took pho­tos of him with­out his knowl­edge while he was strapped to a ta­ble and blind­folded to be later used in her ex­tor­tion at­tempt.

Her­javec mar­ried his Danc­ing with the Stars part­ner, Kym John­son, in 2016.

Robert Her­javec has been ac­cused of re­peat­edly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing his ex-girl­friend.

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