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Former Maine US Senate candidate accused of threatening man with gun in dispute over cryptocurrency

The allegations are included in a protection order brought against businessman Max Linn by a former assistant, Matt McDonald.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A former U.S. Senate candidate pointed a gun at a former campaign staffer in a dispute over a cryptocurrency investment, according to court documents.

The allegations are included in a protection order brought against businessman Max Linn by a former assistant, Matt McDonald. A temporary protection order was granted Wednesday.

Linn became known for his debate antics during the 2020 Senate campaign in which he finished last behind Republican Sen. Collins, who won reelection, and Democrat Sara Gideon and independent Lisa Savage.

McDonald alleged in court documents that Linn gave him money to invest in cryptocurrency earlier this year but that Linn reversed course upon return from an overseas trip and sought to buy drugs falsely touted as COVID-19 cures. Linn pointed a gun in McDonald’s direction when the two met to try to resolve the dispute, McDonald said in the court filing.