You'd be hard-pressed to find a more controversial, yet prolific, figure in American history as Hustler Magazine founder Larry Flynt.
The Magoffin County, Kentucky native started his career managing several bars in his hometown, eventually turning them into the first ones in the county to feature topless waitresses. He originally distributed Hustler as a newsletter for his clubs, but this soon ballooned into its own enterprise.
Once the magazine took off, Flynt found himself at the center of controversy almost immediately. He was tried in court for obscenity several times, briefly serving jail time before being acquitted. During one of these trials, he and his lawyer were shot by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who claimed to have been outraged by an interracial pornography shoot featured in Hustler.
Flynt survived the attack but was paralyzed from the waist down and forced to spend the remainder of his life in a wheelchair. This did not deter Flynt in any way however, as his empire continued to grow, and he ultimately fathered four children between two of his wives. Director Oliver Stone famously recreated the man's life in the 1996 film The People Vs. Larry Flynt, where he was played by Woody Harrelson.
Suffice to say, Flynt's never been one to shy away from controversy. However, his most recent stunt might be his most controversial yet, as this time his sights aren't set on the legal system or his competitors, but the current President of the United States of America; Donald Trump.
Flynt's putting up a pretty serious offer here...
Flynt has been a vocal member of the Democratic party for years, and has never been shy on his feelings about the candidates put forward by the Republican party. Trump in particular has elicited some very direct comments from him.
"Whatever comes out of his [Trump’s] mouth, he lies. We’ve never had a president like this in all the history of the country. And he gets away with it. And the press let him get away with it" Flynt said in an interview with LEO Weekly.
Even during the election cycle, Flynt was highly critical of Trump's attitudes, stating that "I have always celebrated women. Women in all shapes and sizes. To treat a woman like Mr. Trump himself has is both disappointing and unbelievable, especially coming from someone who wants to be our President."
As a result, Flynt posted an ad in the New York Times on Sunday, Oct. 15 2017, offering a whopping $10 Million for anyone with video evidence that could lead to Trump's impeachment.
First revealed by Fox Business before hitting the papers, the ad calls Trump an “illegitimate” president who “was installed only by the quirks of our antiquated Electoral College." Flynt also describes what he calls Trump’s “unconscionable defense of the KKK and neo-Nazis after the Charlottesville riots."
It should be noted that this is not the first time that Flynt has made offers like this. In fact, his offers for dirt on politicians have actually gotten results; he unearthed incriminating evidence leading to the resignation of incoming House Speaker Bob Livingston in 1998, as well as politician David Vitter in 2007.
It will be interesting to see if Flynt's ad sees anyone come forward.