Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has sued the campaign consultant who worked on his unsuccessful bid for county district attorney, saying he had failed to explain tens of thousands of dollars in expenses billed in the wake of that campaign.
The consultant, John Shallman, responded Friday by calling the city prosecutor an "extortionist."
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Trutanich's campaign committee said Shallman had "engaged in a pattern and practice of mismanaging campaign funds, submitting large unpaid invoices after the campaign is concluded and failing to provide adequate documentation to substantiate expenditures."
"Although defendants have claimed after the fact that they have incurred another $150,000 in out-of-pocket costs, they have failed to substantiate multiple expenses with accessible documents," the lawsuit stated.
Shallman and the city attorney split professionally last summer after Trutanich came in third in the June primary contest for district attorney, despite outspending his opponents. Two months ago, Trutanich found himself with $112,000 in unpaid bills, all of it owed to Shallman.