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Anton Lazzaro seeks release ahead of trial, promises 'Truman Show' existence in luxury condo

The GOP donor and strategist is awaiting trial for federal child sex trafficking charges.
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Republican donor and strategist Anton Lazzaro has applied to a court for his release ahead of trial, seeking to be confined in his luxury downtown Minneapolis condo until he appears in court.

The filing made by his attorney was released Tuesday, with Lazzaro seeking his release on conditions that "24-hour real-time video surveillance to the court as well as ankle monitoring for location surveillance."

Lazzaro was indicted earlier this month on 10 federal charges, including six for child sex trafficking. His arrest sparked huge furore in the Republican Party of Minnesota, ultimately leading to the resignation this past week of Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, with whom Lazzaro was close.

The filing states that Lazzaro wishes to remain under house arrest at his three-bedroom, 2,208-square-foot condo in the Ivy Hotel building downtown, which has an estimated value of just under $900,000.

His request states that additional security cameras would be added to the existing cameras, combined with biometric locks on areas where "Mr. Lazzaro cannot go inside the home."

"Mr. Lazzaro will be living inside a real-life Truman Show scenario," the filing says, referring to the 1999 Jim Carrey movie in which the lead character's entire life is being secretly recorded for a TV show.

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The filing also reveals for the first time that some of the charges filed against Lazzaro include pornographic as well as sexual crimes involving minors. Some in Republican circles had suggested it was an open secret that Lazzaro created pornography at his condo, but this is the first reference to it in a public court document.

The document also states that if his condo isn't acceptable, he suggests his mother's house in California as an alternative.

Lazzaro is charged with recruiting or attempting to recruit six children, whom he allegedly paid for sex.

Previous court filings have revealed that investigators found more than $370,000 in cash at Lazzaro's condo, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of precious metals including gold, and numerous electronic devices including cellphones, tablets, laptops, and thumb drives.

A 19-year-old woman, Gisela Medina, the chairwoman of the University of St. Thomas College Republicans, has been charged as a co-conspirator in the case.

Lazzaro will appear at a court hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday. He's currently being held in Sherburne County Jail.

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