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3 deny they tried to extort money from Brockovich

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VENTURA, Calif. — Three men have pleaded not guilty to charges that they tried to extort $310,000 from Erin Brockovich, the outspoken legal secretary and environmental advocate.

The case revolves around Brockovich's ex-husband Shawn Brown, 38, ex-boyfriend Jorg Halaby, 46, and lawyer John Reiner, 43, who were arrested on charges of extortion.

The complaint alleges the men threatened to tell tabloid media that Brockovich and her boss, Ed Masry, had a sexual relationship and that she was a bad mother — neither of which was true, according to officials.