Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $1 million Sunday to anyone who could provide proof of an illicit sexual encounter with a high-ranking government official.
In a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post, Flynt asked for "documented evidence of illicit sexual or intimate relations with a Congressperson, Senator or other prominent officeholder." He said he would pay up to $1 million for material that could be verified and published in Hustler.
Flynt, whose biography was filmed by renowned director Milos Forman (The people vs. Larry Flint), has been involved in various judicial controversies and has constantly cited as his defense his constitutional right to freedom of expression. While some see him as a protector of democracy, he is widely criticized by many as cynically abusing freedom of speech to make money from his pornographic publications.