An ex-bodyguard of billionaire David Koch has apologized for spreading pretend news about his republican mega-donor family in media protection sparked by a authorized grievance she filed final yr.
Felicia Racine had sensationally claimed Koch’s socialite spouse and her ex-boss, Julia Flesher Koch, didn’t need nurses to offer her cancer-stricken husband a feeding tube — and even locked him in a room in the months earlier than his demise, in line with a July 2020 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission grievance.
In an interview later, Racine stated lies and deception within the family made her worry shedding her job, if she didn’t associate with the duplicitous habits.
But on Friday, Racine, a 30-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, walked back some of her allegations in a obscure assertion despatched to The Post.
“My time working with the Koch family was very rewarding. Unfortunately, following my departure, I shared information about the family with the media that I have since learned was inaccurate or false,” Racine stated — with out elaborating on which components of her allegations have been unfaithful, or which news retailers reported the false info.
“I sincerely apologize for doing so and for the pain it caused the family, and I wish them the best in the future.”
The partial backtrack comes after Racine reached an undisclosed settlement within the case, by which she claimed Flesher Koch didn’t wish to lengthen the life of her husband, fossil-fuels magnate David Koch, who died aged 79 on Aug. 23, 2019.
Racine additionally alleged the matriarch — who’s now New York’s richest girl, value an estimated $43.9 billion — subjected her to gender-based discrimination.
“Felicia believed that Julia had refused David Sr.’s feeding tube because Julia could not deal with David Sr. anymore and did not want his life prolonged further,” the grievance stated, noting that the nurses have been “uncomfortable” with Flesher Koch’s request and confused that “he’s gonna die.”
The grievance added that Racine was fired on April 1, 2020, after being instructed that her Air Force husband’s latest switch to California would hinder her skill to successfully shield the Koch family.
“As a result of the discriminatory/retaliatory termination, Felicia suffered and continues to suffer damages,” the grievance stated.
The former worker additionally stated she was concerned in planning the safety for a lavish, secret family journey to South Africa, code-named “Project X.”
However, “Mrs. Koch did not want [David] on the trip and ruining it,” Racine alleged to The Post and within the grievance.
Julia Flesher Koch has been dwelling in Southampton together with her mother and father and her two youngsters throughout the pandemic.
In a press release, Matador, the safety agency that employed Racine, added: “In the context of this matter, public statements were made that do not reflect Felicia Racine’s services as an employee of Matador. Having now resolved this matter, and in the spirit of moving forward, we can confirm Felicia provided excellent and effective security services while an employee of Matador.”
A lawyer for Racine didn’t instantly return a request for remark Friday.