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Former David Koch bodyguard walks back claims against family

An ex-bodyguard of billionaire David Koch has apologized for spreading fake news about his republican mega-donor family in media coverage sparked by a legal complaint she filed last year.

Felicia Racine had sensationally claimed Koch’s socialite wife and her ex-boss, Julia Flesher Koch, did not want nurses to give her cancer-stricken husband a feeding tube — and even locked him in a room in the months before his death, according to a July 2020 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint.

In an interview later, Racine said lies and deception in the household made her fear losing her job, if she didn’t go along with the duplicitous behavior.

But on Friday, Racine, a 30-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, walked back some of her allegations in a vague statement sent 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 said — without elaborating on which parts of her allegations were untrue, or which news outlets reported the false information.

Felicia Racine has since apologized for her original words. Courtesy David Rosenberg

“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 in the case, in which she claimed Flesher Koch did not want to prolong the life of her husband, fossil-fuels magnate David Koch, who died aged 79 on Aug. 23, 2019.

Racine also alleged the matriarch — who is now New York’s richest woman, worth 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 complaint said, noting that the nurses were “uncomfortable” with Flesher Koch’s request and stressed that “he’s gonna die.”

Racine had claimed that Julia Flesher Koch did not want her husband David Koch a feeding tube.Bloomberg via Getty Images

The complaint added that Racine was fired on April 1, 2020, after being told that her Air Force husband’s recent transfer to California would hinder her ability to effectively protect the Koch family.

“As a result of the discriminatory/retaliatory termination, Felicia suffered and continues to suffer damages,” the complaint said.

The former employee also said she was involved in planning the security for a lavish, secret family trip 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 in the complaint.

She then claimed that Flesher Koch hid the fact that she had bought a $40 million townhouse on East 76th Street from her husband.

Racine had reached a settlement in her case with the Kochs.Andrew Toth/FilmMagic

Julia Flesher Koch has been living in Southampton with her parents and her two children during the pandemic.

In a statement, Matador, the security firm that hired 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 immediately return a request for comment Friday.

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