A former girlfriend of Champaign Mayor Don Gerard claims he threatened to have the city attorney pursue legal action against her after they broke up. An attorney for Laura Huth said in court Gerard left phone messages for Huth saying he planned to have the city attorney prosecute her for using a photo of him to promote a business she was involved in. Attorney Michael Antoline said that was one of several attempts to intimidate Huth. Bruce Ratcliffe is the mayor's attorney. He called the claims "far-fetched at best." Huth is seeking an order from a Champaign County Circuit Court barring Gerard from contacting her after filing a complaint against him last year. Huth is a former City Council member in neighboring Urbana.
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