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Beard’s attorney refutes Couture’s claims amidst new revelations about his criminal past

The attorney for Affliction general partner Todd Beard has responded to Kim Couture’s accusations that his client has made physical threats against Couture’s well-being.

Michael Bassiri, Beard’s Newport-based attorney, has branded Couture’s criminal complaints as “complete nonsense,” according to an article in Thursday’s edition of the Orange County Register.

“I think they took his statements incorrectly that there was any sort of physical harm implied,” Bassiri is quoted as saying in the article. “He didn’t threaten them. It was only regarding a business relationship.”

In addition to Bassiri’s response, the article in The Register brings to light additional details pertaining to Beard’s criminal past that Couture reference in her request for a restraining order.

According to the article, Beard is already scheduled to be sentenced on on January 29 in Bellaflower, Calif. after pleading no contest to making misdemeanor criminal threats, according to court documents. Bassiri is quoted as saying the case was the result of an argument that took place at a poker game.

The Register also claims that court records show that Beard was convicted of crimes in 1993, 1995, and 2000. In ’93, Beard was convicted in Arizona of forgery and illegal telemarketing. Two years later he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison following his ’95 California conviction of federal mail and wire fraud. Beard later served additional time in a California county jail after being convicted in 2000 of driving while under the influence.

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