NEW YORK - Ron Burkle, the managing partner in Yucaipa Cos., Los Angeles, has become one of the two central figures in an ethics controversy involving whether he was a victim of extortion by a freelance writer for the Page Six gossip section of the New York Post. Burkle contends the writer sought thousands of dollars in return for promises of favorable mentions in the Post and a promise that unfavorable items would not be published. The writer, Jared Paul Stern, told SN last week he was ...

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