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    An investigation is planned following a newspaper's report that state Rep. Todd Courser orchestrated the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal an extramarital relationship with a fellow Michigan lawmaker.More >
    An investigation is planned following a newspaper's report that state Rep. Todd Courser orchestrated the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal an extramarital relationship with a fellow Michigan lawmaker.More >
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

A Michigan lawmaker says he won't resign after sending an email to Republican supporters falsely claiming he was caught having sex with a male prostitute.

The Detroit News, citing audio recordings, reported Friday that Rep. Todd Courser of Lapeer had someone send the email to distract attention from his alleged extramarital affair with another lawmaker.

In a nearly 30-minute audio file posted Monday on his campaign website, Courser says he was being blackmailed and that he's responsible "in planning and execution" of the email.

It's unclear who sent the email.

The Detroit Free Press reports the House Business Office reviewed email and personnel records over the weekend. The investigation is to determine whether Courser and GOP state Rep. Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell broke House rules or whether there's evidence of illegal behavior.

About Courser

Courser is a State Representative for the 82nd district, that represents Lapeer County. The Flint native was elected in November 2014. He graduated from Lapeer East High School and UM-Flint. Courser went on to law school at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated in 2003.

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