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AP: Brodkorb's lawsuit filing details alleged Capitol affairs

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The Associated Press gained access to documents in Michael Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit that identify those involved in alleged "secret" affairs at the state Capitol dating back to the 1980s.

The Associated Press said the list was included in a mistaken filing last week by Brodkorb's attorneys. The case is under protective seal, but was briefly made public on a federal courts website and later taken down. The Associated Press downloaded a copy before it was removed.

Brodkorb had been a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, but was fired in December 2011 after it was revealed that he and Koch had an affair.

Brodkorb argues that he was discriminated against in his firing, noting that female staffers have had affairs with lawmakers, but were not fired.

The Associated Press report does not reveal the identities of the 10 legislators and six employees mentioned, but the news service says they attempted to contact those named and only one confirmed the filing's assertion about her.

The case is scheduled to go to trial July, 2014.

Minnesota Senate leaders have maintained that they don't intend to settle the case and recently approved a budget of more than $500,000 of taxpayer money to pay for legal fees until the start of the trial. They've already spent at least $228,000.

Brodkorb is seeking $600,000 in damages.

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