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March 15, 2013

Man who shot Romney's "47 percent" video outed

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ST. PAUL —

"Romney came out, again, on Fox News,'' Prouty told Schultz. "He's calling the president Nero. He's saying his words were twisted. He's blaming the media. . . . He's sitting in his mansion in San Diego somewhere and giving interviews and calling the president names."

After the May fundraiser, Prouty said he struggled for two weeks deciding whether to release the video and risk his career. He worried about losing his job or getting sued; Florida laws prohibit the recording of anyone without consent.

He decided he had an obligation to go public, adding this jab at Romney: "I don't think he has any idea what a single mom, you know, taking a bus to work, dropping her kid off at day care that she can barely afford, hopping on another bus — you know, the day in, day out struggles of everyday Americans. That guy has no idea, no idea."

With Romney having mostly dropped out of the political zeitgeist, pretty much the only remaining curiosity Thursday was about Prouty. Little information was available, with numerous family members and friends not responding to requests for comment.

Court records show that that Internal Revenue Service in 2006 secured a more than $15,000 federal tax lien against Prouty for unpaid taxes from 2000 and 2002. It was unclear whether Prouty has repaid the money.

The records also show that an insurance company obtained a more than $5,700 default judgment against Prouty and a woman named Susan Dibella in 2009 in Broward County, Fla., court. Attorneys in the case did not return telephone calls, and a telephone number listed for Dibella had been disconnected.

In another bout with the court system, Prouty in 2011 filed a sexual-harassment lawsuit against Gulfstream Park Racing Association, which runs a number of horse-racing casinos in South Florida. According to the lawsuit, Prouty worked at a Gulfstream facility for 3 1/2 years as a bartender but was passed over for promotions in favor of female employees who were "having sexual relations with management."

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